Frankfort unveils first piece of public art

Young leaders in Clinton County are working with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes to beautify the city.

Posted: Nov. 30, 2017 4:48 PM
Updated: Nov. 30, 2017 5:42 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Young leaders in Clinton County are working with Frankfort Mayor Chris McBarnes to beautify the city.

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Frankfort's first major piece of public art was unveiled in the heart of downtown today. It is located on the south side of Clinton Street across from the courthouse. The sculpture is a metal diamond in honor of the city's "Gem City" nickname. The Frankfort Future Leaders Advisory Council worked on the design with Mayor McBarnes for the past several months.

Council President Matt Snell said public art revives the downtown area.

"They love to see a beautiful city. Being able to add these sculptures and projects and put them into play is a really big factor in bringing people back to Frankfort," Snell said. "Some of the buildings and stuff were starting to get a bit outdated. We were in need of some things to really kind of move Frankfort forward. The first place they looked to was the youth. What do we want to come back to? What do we want to see?"

The sculpture was created by Lafayette artist Ben Sutter. Funds came from the Frankfort City Council and a donation from NTK Precision Axle.

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