Proposed Dubuque sculpture generates discussion

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Two art enthusiasts are raising funds to build a new sculpture in Dubuque, though some are skeptical about the shape of the piece.

Geri Shafer and Gene Tully want to get more support to build a sculpture using a 5-ton boulder surrounded by stainless-steel benches. They say it represents how each resident is a ripple whose actions radiate outward.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/15qFZ8Z ) the project would cost between $500,000 and $600,000 and it could be placed downtown.

The City Council supports the project, though at least one member says it still needs to go through several channels before a proposal is ready. Some residents have commented that the sculpture’s design looks like a phallic symbol.

Tully says the sculpture’s shape is in the eye of the viewer.

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Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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