Public bronze art statues to go up in Williamsburg before end of year

Staff writer

A pair of bronze statues will add some artistic flair to downtown Williamsburg when they’re installed later this year.

The statues come courtesy of the Triangle Arts and Culture League, a local group that advocates for art in public spaces, which donated the statues to Williamsburg.

“We believe public art enhances the quality of life for residents and creates a welcoming aesthetic for visitors. These latest pieces are cast bronze, and so will be durable and low maintenance,” Terry Buntrock wrote in an email. Buntrock is the founder and president of the organization.

Bookworms will notice Fraga Magna Rotobilia, which is Latin for large strawberry cart, around the Williamsburg library. The $19,995 piece, which features a 5-foot-tall man and a 27-inch-tall strawberry, was created by Merrilee Cleveland, an Art Institute of Chicago graduate who lives in WIlliamsburg.

And situated in Bicentennial Park, at the corner of Nassau Street and Newport Avenue, will be Cedar Waxwing No. 914 by David Turner. Turner is an Eastern Shore artist and William and Mary alumnus. His works can be found on the college’s campus and throughout the area.

Turner created the eagle sculpture for the pediment at the American Revolution Museum, according to the league’s website.

The $25,000 statue consists of a 31-inch bird perched on twigs that are eight feet high.

The league hopes to have both pieces installed before the end of the year. A committee of league board members, Williamsburg staff and donors selected the pieces. The statues were purchased through a restricted donation to the league from the Williamsburg Community Foundation and the league’s general art funding account, Buntrock wrote.

Jack Jacobs, 757-298-6007, jojacobs@vagazette.com, @jajacobs_

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