Donovan park to showcase local artists


PEORIA, Ill.— The Peoria Park District Board approved a sculpture garden at Donovan Park.

Volunteer of the Donovan Sculpture Walk, David Pittman, was part of the planning process.

“It’s a very different type of art experience. It lends its self to contemplation, to a more relaxed component and I think a lot of people are going to really enjoy it,” Pittman.

The first year will consist of six sculptures. The plan is that every year the park will rotate the six sculptures from local artists, adding an additional three every year.

“This to be an experience for all the demographics of the community. For all the people of Peoria and Peoria Heights and the other parts of the Peoria park district,” he said.

By year three the park should be filled with 12 sculptures. Trustees said they wanted to make sure this project didn’t cost the city any money.

Instead, it will come front donations and grants.

“There’s a definite opportunity at Donavon Park because there is so much room there. And because of the interesting topography. I always think the Peoria Community will benefit from the outdoor sculpture,” Pittman said.  

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