Sculpture unveiling launches Kickstart celebration

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Representatives from IPFW and sponsor Lincoln Financial Group unveiled the massive “I’ll Keep an Eye on It” sculpture at the Allen County Public Library’s Main Library Plaza Friday afternoon. The event marked the launch of the one-day festival known as Kickstart, which takes place Saturday, May 17.

The sculpture, created by artist David Bibelhauser of Louisville, Ky., weighs over 4,000 pounds. It is one of the largest pieces to make up Sculpture with Purpose, the flagship project of IPFW’s 50th Celebration.

“I like public art,” answered Bibelhauser when asked why he chose to take part in the celebration.  He’s also created other similar bike racks in the past.  “I feel like this is a really utilitarian approach to public art.  This is something that is useful and is something people can interact with up close.  It’s not something they just stare at.”

About 50 people were at the library for the unveiling, including several cyclists who planned to participate in Saturday’s Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle Tour.  Click here to learn more about the Spring Cycle.

This year’s bike tour has more than 1,200 people preregistered, which is a higher number than last year’s participants.  “We believe that the arts, bicycles, and music all come together to make the community,” Jon Bomberger, the Spring Cycle Chair, said.  “This is a vibrant and active event, and we want Fort Wayne to be known as a vibrant and active community.”

Sculpture with Purpose will include the installation of 50 sculptural bike racks that will be placed downtown, on the IPFW campus, and elsewhere in the city.

“As part of our 50th anniversary, we wanted to give back to the community that has supported us the last 50 years,” said Ruth Stone, the project manager of the university’s Sculpture with Purpose.

Kickstart will include the following events:

•         IPFW Sculpture with Purpose Dedication and the kick-off of the find the triangle contest
•         Fort4Fitness Spring Cycle Tour, Family Ride and Expo
•         Arts United theatre, dance, and music performers
•         Trolley Spring Shopping Tour from the Downtown Improvement District
•         Barr Street Market Opening Day by YLNI
•         Visit Fort Wayne 65th Anniversary Open House
•         Tasty food and beverages from the Food Truck Group Association
•         Bike Valet parking provided by Fort Wayne Trails

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