Downtown Marion is taking flight on the wings of Cardinals! We are excited to announce seventeen variously adorned statues of cardinals will soon add some artistic flair to our downtown streetscape through the Cardinal Project. Envisioned and led by Dean Jacob, president and CEO of Marion Community Foundation and lifelong resident of Marion, along with a team of interested community members, this grass roots art project sponsored by Downtown Marion, Inc., will be the first of its kind in Marion, Ohio.
The statues are all being created and donated by local sculptor and artist, Merle Randolph. The Cardinal was chosen because it is Ohio’s state bird and the number seventeen was selected because Ohio is the seventeenth state in the Union.
With the financial support of the Marion Rotary Club and many other community partners donating their time, talent, and materials, the cardinals, all uniquely adorned, will be placed throughout downtown beginning later this year.
Several cities across the country have similar works of art displayed in their communities. This effort is special and unique for Marion mostly because it is completely a community effort. The sculpting, the artwork, the artists, the materials, and the installation will all be supplied and donated by members of the Marion community.
If you or someone you know would like to submit an artistic design for consideration, this is your chance to have your artwork on permanent display downtown. All the details about this exciting project are in the Artist’s Packet and Design Rules.
All entries must be submitted by March 31, 2017.
We look forward to reviewing your submissions and hopefully seeing your creative designs on the streets of Marion!