A sculpture to anchor Fort Wayne's planned Promenade Park will be installed next June.
The sculpture, named “Convergence” and created by Florida artist Linda Howard, will be 28 feet in diameter at its highest point. Howard said she drew inspiration for the piece from the history surrounding the city's confluence of three rivers – the St. Marys, the St. Joseph and the Maumee. The completed sculpture will weigh about 2,400 pounds and extend about 19 feet high.
“I just took three elements of geometrically progressed rectangles and created a form that went into kind of a flow like the rivers,” Howard said. “It will be a nice area to be able to walk around, look up at and catch the light and shadow.”
Howard has 35 pieces of public art in 18 states and a piece in Australia. Howard has studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Denver and the School of Architecture in New York.
“Convergence” will be located at Superior and Harrison streets, said Alec Johnson, the city's landscape architect. Johnson said there are three to four other locations within the park that may be used for other public art projects.
Howard's sculpture was one of five submissions put forward.
“The sculptures were evaluated based on characteristics such as artistic and aesthetic quality, durability, sustainability, uniqueness and its representation of diverse cultures and styles,” said Ruth Stone, chair of the Riverfront Sculpture Selection Committee. “While all five of the submissions were excellent in their own way, 'Convergence' stood out by truly embodying the original vision the committee had for an iconic sculpture to represent our city.”
The committee voted unanimously for “Convergence,” Stone added.
In January 2016, the Waterfield Foundation donated $100,000 to fund the project. That donation was combined with a 50 percent match from Lilly Endowment, bringing the total funding to $150,000.