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Last of 12 sculptures in place for downtown Sculpture Walk

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"Breathe," a 10-foot resin sculpture by Joan Benefiel, will be installed on the balcony of the Springfield Brewing Co. as part of the Second Annual Sculpture Walk.

“Breathe,” a 10-foot resin sculpture by Joan Benefiel, will be installed on the balcony of the Springfield Brewing Co. as part of the Second Annual Sculpture Walk.

The last of 12 sculptures that comprise the 2016 Sculpture Walk in downtown Springfield was installed today, according to Sculpture Walk coordinator Nicole Brown. Sculpture Walk 2016 will officially open May 6 during Artsfest.

10606610_10153369176740308_4858005964271088722_nArtists featured in the 2016 Sculpture Walk are Domenico Belli, Joan Benefiel, Jacob Burmood, James Douglas Cox, Mike Helbing, Joe Malesky, Jessie Schwartz, Snail Scott, Eric Troffkin, Nick Willet, Guy Wilson and Larry Young.

Sculpture Walk’s vision is to create an annually rotating sculpture museum without walls in public spaces in Springfield.

Presenting sponsors are the McQueary family, Community Foundation of the Ozarks and Springfield Regional Arts Council. Sculpture sponsors are Matt and Dana Ausburn, Robert and Peg Carolla, Mike and Karen Schneider, Central Bank/Central Trust, Conco Companies, Walnut Capital Management, 417 Magazine and Commerce Bank. Site sponsors are Springfield Brewing Company, Tillman Redevelopment and Mother’s Brewing Company.

For more information, please visit sculpturewalkspringfield.org or contact Nicole Brown at 417-894-0009 or nbrown@sculpturewalkspringfield.org.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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