Public Gets First Peek at Donovan Sculpture Garden Concept

Jan 27, 2020

Look for sculptures to begin popping up Donovan Park this year.

The public got its first look at the Donovan Sculpture Garden plans Sunday at Cyd's in the Park.

David Pittman is one of the volunteers raising $30,000 to bring six sculptures to the park. He sees it as a positive thing for local arts.

"We see this project not just about sculpture, but also about other types of arts. Not just about working in this particular park, but really just trying to find a way to work with all the different segments of the arts community," he said. 

A "maquette" created by Bradley University art students is a miniature example of the type of sculpture one might see at Donovan later this year.
Credit Tim Shelley/ WCBU

The Peoria Park District will select the sculptors for each project. Bradley University sculptor and art professor Fisher Stolz and his students are also involved.

Pittman said Peoria already has the Sculpture Walk downtown, but he thinks the former Donovan Golf Course offers something different.

 "In the outdoor landscape setting, people have a more relaxed opportunity. It's more family-friendly. They can be walking their dog and be looking at an art piece, and be looking at another perspective," he said.

 More than a hundred people attended yesterday's fundraiser. Go to the group's Facebook page to learn more.