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Online survey now available, providing five different options for artwork to adorn the Tom McCall/Highway 126 roundabout

PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC KLANN
 - Local leaders are considering five different pieces of artwork to place in the center of the Tom McCall/Highway 126 roundabout, and they are reaching out to the public to help choose the favorite.

Plans to add a centerpiece to Prineville's lone roundabout that began nearly two years ago are nearing fruition.

Local leaders have leaned on public input from community survey data collected in 2018 and chosen an artist to create the artwork that will adorn the center of the traffic structure.

Now, the public will be called upon again to help choose a favorite from five different options.

An online survey is now open through Survey Monkey that people can visit. It will remain open until Feb. 3.

"Your answers will be compiled and shared with the Tom McCall Roundabout Feature Committee," the survey reads, "and will help inform their recommendation to Prineville City Council and Crook County Court."

City Engineer Eric Klann, who has helped spearhead the art project, said that the Western history and heritage continually emerged during the initial community survey. So, all the artists considered for the project and the different artwork pieces were expected to play off those themes.

"We selected Greg Congleton," Klann said, of their artist choice. "He lives in Bend and grew up in the Paulina country."

The artist's work is already on display at the Prineville City Hall Plaza, where his bronze "Maverick" stands as a centerpiece.

"We gave him the results of the survey and he came up with different options," Klann said. "We got that down to a top five that we liked."

Artistic renderings of those options can be found on the online survey. The first option is a bronc rider without a base, and a second option is similar but includes a base. The third option is girl riding a horse atop a base reading "Prineville." That same base is featured in the fourth option, but that one shows a man leading a horse. The fifth option is a foal followed by a mare walking along a base that rests on partial wagon wheel.

"He is proposing making this out of old recycled metal rather than a bronze statue," Klann said. "He has done some really beautiful things in different communities with that."

Committee members will take the survey data and narrow the five choices to a top three, which will go to the Prineville City Council for a final selection.

Klann said the roundabout art project has moved more slowly than he would have liked, but he is hoping that work on the piece could begin late this summer. Once completed, he and other local leaders hope the artwork will serve as an eye-catching gateway to the community.

"We have been happy with all of the input we have received so far," Klann said. "At the end of the day, we will try to come up with something the majority of the public will like."

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Survey location: www.surveymonkey.com/r/7S5KKBQ


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