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REDMOND, OR -- Downtown Redmond is about to be overrun with rock chucks - of the statuesque, variety.

 

Linda Gilmore-Hill is chair of the Redmond Committee for Arts in Public Places (RCAPP). She tells KBND News the colorful critters will be displayed inside various businesses, later this week. "They were made off of a wood carving, by one of our RCAPP members. And, from that, we had Anne Graham, our City Councilor, made a mold and cast 20 poly-styrene figures. We have 20 different artists, they each took one of these forms home and created what they wanted it to look like."

 

Each one is unique. "Every one is super different from each other: we have the Norwegian rock chuck, who is in her fanciest dress to go to a local party; We have one that is done in gold leaf; we have one done by a Native American gal, who has a lot of symbolism in hers from the Native American culture." Gilmore-Hill says the sculptures are a fun way to bring more art to downtown Redmond. "You know, everyone goes around shooting rock chucks, so we thought we ought to have a defender of them, also; so we have Chuck Norris, the defender – and he’s really cool. We have one that has gone fishing and he’s standing on rocks with a string of fish with him."

 

These larger-than-life sculptures will be unveiled at a special public event Wednesday at Wild Ride Brewing from 4 – 6 p.m. Then they’ll each take up residence in a sponsoring business. The “Chucks in Public Places” art display will run through August 19, when they will be auctioned off to benefit RCAPP. 

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