The Minot Park District board has put the wheels into motion on a sculpture garden through the purchase of an $11,000 sculpture.
Called "I Love My Country," the sculpture shows two young children holding an American flag in a fashion that evokes the iconic flag raising at Iwo Jima. The sculpture is made by the Randolph Rose Collection, of Yonkers, N.Y.
The decision to buy the sculpture, the first of many for a planned sculpture garden, was made by the board at its regular monthly meeting, held Tuesday.
“I Love My Country,” a patriotic sculpture, will be purchased by the Minot Park District for a sculpture garden which is planned to be a destination site. Photo courtesy of the Randolph Rose Collection website.
Ron Merritt, director of parks, said that the board made the decision to purchase the sculpture now because of a 40 percent discount. The sculpture is originally $16,000, but with the discount, the park board would be purchasing it for $9,600, plus a 10 percent shipping fee of $960, for a total of $10,560.
There were two mechanisms of funding for this particular purchase: either from the board's contingency fund, or by the park district's foundation retained earnings; the board opted to take $11,000 from the latter, which had a balance of $230,465, as of Oct. 31. Board commissioner Ron Bieri said that the expenditure would be allowable because "that's what (the money is) there for."
While there isn't a specific location for the sculpture park, Merritt said that it will be located somewhere on an 88-acre parcel of land purchased by the park board for development along the Highway 83 Bypass. The sculpture garden will join the Bark Park, the Jack Hoeven baseball fields, and a neighborhood park, which are already there.
The board has placed a request for proposal with architects to put together a concept drawing, Merritt said. There is a proposed deadline of Dec. 15, at which time the board will determine where the garden will go and what it might look like.
The sculpture garden is being pegged as a destination site for visitors to Minot. Merritt added that other sculptures could be placed around the city.
It is the intention of the board to have a location and a design ready by 2011, when the park board will celebrate its centennial.