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Duluth gets money for “gateway” art; artists invited to submit designs

The roundabout gateway to the downtown Duluth and the location for the Gateway Art Project's winning design
This roundabout will be the location for the Gateway Art Project's winning design.

AGCO, an international manufacturing corporation headquartered in Duluth, has donated $100,000 to the city’s Gateway Art Project for a major work that will serve as a gateway to downtown.

“We appreciate the fact that AGCO understands the importance of providing citizens with public art and hope other corporations will follow suit and help the city expand public art,” said Mayor Nancy Harris.

Duluth has released a call to artists to design and install the permanent piece, to be located in a roundabout on the city’s northwest side. Applications are due October 10.

The Gateway Project is part of a mission to populate Duluth with public art. The Gwinnett County city is assembling a steering committee in hope of forming a Public Arts Commission to initiate and coordinate future projects. Last year, officials unveiled “Living Honorarium,” a monument to armed forces, police, fire and EMS personnel, by Atlanta sculptor Martin Dawe, in the Town Green.

Martin Dawe's "Living Honorarium," on the Duluth Town Green.

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