By Carly Giles
Mason Times staff writer
The recently formed Mason Arts and Culture Committee has been “officially recognized as a subcommittee of the Mason Area Historical Society,” said City Administrator Martin Colburn.
According to Colburn, the committee’s main goal is to display art throughout Mason to draw people there and create a “sense of place.” Its first goal is to take an inventory of art within the city.
At the Mason City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 21, Colburn said the committee is well aware of working with the council and the appropriate times to do so.
The committee supported Mason on the $10,000 Lansing Economic Area Partnership grant the city was awarded this past year. This money was used to fund a new landmark sculpture for the city.
According to Colburn, there were 10 proposals total from six different artists. The chosen artist was Dace Koenigskecht.
The sculpture stands 13 feet tall at 848 S. Jefferson St. along the Hayhoe Rivertrail where an old house used to be. Each part of the sculpture, according to Koenigskecht, represents something different.
“It detailed the importance of the city’s history, in particular the downtown and courthouse, and how this piece should help connect it to the Rivertrail. This connection, along with the location and terrain, called for a tall piece that would attract attention from both the street and the trail. I decided on a beacon, a sort of lighthouse, to guide visitors to the trailhead. The imagery of the sphere, pyramid, and bird come directly from the historic courthouse, and the leaves reflect the city designation as a Tree City USA. In addition, I incorporated a bench into the design so active people could sit to lace shoes or take a break under the trees.” -Dace Koenigskecht, Sculptor.
The Arts and Culture Committee held its first meeting Wednesday Oct. 9. The committee includes seven members with “different talents of the arts,” said Colburn.