“It’s sad, but I never want to think that people are trying to do us harm. I think someone just wasn’t thinking very clearly. I hope it has a good home.”
The project began in 2010 as a FAC initiative, with the idea of creating and installing sculptures that encourage creativity from the viewers and users of the park.
Ducks are currently installed at Reaves, Andrews, Colonial Estates, Rotary, Eastwood, Lions Memorial, Centennial, Castlerock and Tull parks. Elder said the goal is to install 27 duck sculptures in every children’s parks in the community.
Though future vandalism can’t be guaranteed to be prevented, Elder said the sculptures are a worthwhile venture that improve the appeal of local parks and make art more accessible to children.
“My personal feeling, as the person who sculpted the original and donated it to the city, I just want to see the ducks out there for the kids,” he said. “(The sculptures) seem to be like magnets — the children gravitate toward them, so I know it was a success and I’d like to see every child in Norman have that opportunity at their park.”
PAB, on behalf of Norman Arts Council and the city of Norman, is seeking artists to paint the next round of three ducks to be installed in parks. Proposals are due by 4 p.m. May 23. For more information, visit normanarts.org or email email@example.com with subject line “PAB.”
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