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Lewes in Bloom kicks off public art fundraising campaign

November 16, 2017

Lewes in Bloom and Art in Bloom volunteers installed banners showing the wind sculptures the organizations intend to erect at the trailhead near the Lewes Public Library.

The public art project titled "Silent Sentinels of Lewes" will feature three whirligig sculptures by internationally recognized sculptor Lyman Whitaker. Volunteers placed three banners in their approximate locations Nov. 3, with each banner featuring a photograph of the sculpture.

Art in Bloom has announced the beginning of a fundraising campaign to purchase and install the three kinetic wind sculptures. Local architect John Lester said, "With your help, this unique initiative will give Lewes the opportunity to be first – once again."

The 18-foot Oval Twister, the 16-foot Double Dancer, and the 13.5-foot Single Helix Star will all be visible from all directions, welcoming residents and visitors alike, as they approach the library.

Handmade of marine-grade copper, steel and stainless steel, the sculptures spin silently and respond to the slightest breeze. Yet, they are designed to endure heavy storms and gale-force winds; thus, reminding Lewes residents of the city's early history as a significant port and of its intimate connections to wind, weather and the sea.

In partnership with the City of Lewes, Art in Bloom has raised 40 percent of the $18,000 needed for the purchase and installation. Art in Bloom encourages folks to become patrons of the arts by helping to bring public art to the City of Lewes.

Checks payable to Art in Bloom may be mailed to P.O. Box 61, Lewes, DE 19958. Donate online at lewesinbloom.org or greaterlewesfoundation.org. Donations are tax-deductible. Lewes in Bloom and Art in Bloom are component funds of the Greater Lewes Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

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