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July 16, 2013

N. Kato sculpture fundraising a success

"Circle of Friends" to be installed near Taylor Library

NORTH MANKATO Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Japanese DotsText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Color— A sculpture of a young girl reading is likely to soon grace the North Mankato Taylor Library’s lawn after fundraisers announced they’ve ordered the work of art.

The North Mankato Civic & Commerce Association has collected $28,000 and has about $3,000 more in promised donations, Mayor Mark Dehen told the City Council Monday. That’s enough for the sculpture itself, though organizers are still looking for a few thousand dollars more in donations to pay for a pedestal.

The sculpture, “Circle of Friends” by Karen Crain of Littleton, Colo., was part of last year’s CityArt Walking Sculpture Tour. The artist will be making a new version of the work for North Mankato.

The association raised its donations through requests to members, a message in the water bill and in requests at City Council meetings. They didn’t need to hold any events, though Councilman Billy Steiner, also a lead singer of the City Mouse, said he was ready to hold a musical fundraiser.

The City Center Partnership donated its portion of the commission it normally collects on the sale of CityArt sculptures, coordinator Noelle Lawton said. She declined to say how much that donation was worth.

City Administrator John Harrenstein said the donation was partly in recognition of North Mankato’s assistance in setting up the sculptures and welding them to their stone bases.

Dehen said the order has been put in, though he’s not sure exactly how long it will take to re-make the sculpture. He said he expects it to be up by this fall, though.

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