April 17, 2014

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Multicolored sculptures to build buzz for Medina

MEDINA — Similar to the large guitars in Cleveland and the multicolored cows in Chicago, Medina is abuzz about its own colorful public art displays.

The city’s sculptures will feature — you guessed it — Medina Schools’ Battling Bee mascot.

“The goal is to promote community and school district pride, increase foot traffic in our community, and promote and support area businesses,” Superintendent Randy Stepp said in a prepared statement.

Stepp and school officials have been talking about the idea for some time, said Jeanne Hurt, district communication coordinator.

Five-by-3-foot, three-dimensional polyurethane sculptures will be on display throughout the school district. There will be sculptures in front of school buildings, Hurt said. She said the goal is to create 25 sculptures. The public art project will be called “What’s the Buzz.”

The sculptures will be designed and painted in the next four months and will be unveiled at the city’s Fourth of July parade. They will remain on display until the beginning of November, when some will be auctioned at a Medina City Schools Foundation fundraiser Nov. 8.

The foundation supports programs, scholarships, grants and teacher awards within the school district.

The project is a collaboration of the school district, the Medina City Schools Foundation, Main Street Medina and local businesses. Main sponsors are Medina Hospital, Root Candles and “Bee Culture Magazine.”

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.