Fort Wayne Public Art Commission reveals concept for downtown monument in honor of MLK

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana (WANE) – The City of Fort Wayne Public Art Commission has selected a pair of sculptors who may create a new downtown monument in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee were selected from numerous submissions by the Public Art Commission on Wednesday afternoon. If approved by City Council, the proposed sculpture will be built on the southeast corner of the Saint Francis University Performing Arts Center parking lot at 420 W. Berry St.

“We are very honored to build this monument in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights leaders of Fort Wayne, Indiana,” said Allbritton and Lee.

The MLK monument will be approximately 15 feet tall and will include quotes from Dr. King’s speech during his visit to Fort Wayne in June 1963.

The artist’s sculpture is titled “Pillars of Hope and Justice,” which commemorates Dr. King’s historic visit to Fort Wayne in June 1963. The monument consists of six pillars arranged in a circular configuration around a square in stone or concrete. Each pillar will evoke ancient architectural pillars and growing papyrus reeds, which represent Dr. King’s vision of nonviolent resistance. The sculptural steel shapes will be waterjet cut with words from Dr. King’s speech in June 1963.

The pillars should be about 15 feet high and include LED lights installed in the center of each pillar.

The Commission’s recommendation will go to City Council, which will vote for final approval in December. If approved, the final design and development process is expected to begin in January 2022.

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