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IPFW celebrates 50th anniversary through the public art initiative Sculpture With Purpose

Oct. 9, 2013

IPFW is celebrating its 50th anniversary through the public art initiative IPFW Sculpture With Purpose. The campus recently unveiled 50 models of the innovative sculptural bike racks at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry and Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown joined IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein, along with artists and sponsors of the sculptures, for a special unveiling ceremony.

"Sculpture With Purpose is a wonderful example of how IPFW enriches the northeast Indiana community and is committed to serving the area culturally and socially," Carwein said. "By bringing this public art project to our streets, we are not only enhancing the spirit and culture of Fort Wayne, but we are also encouraging residents to bike and live a healthy lifestyle."

The models are available for public viewing Oct. 16; the sculptures will be auctioned off following the conclusion of IPFW's 50th Celebration to raise scholarship funds for IPFW students.

"We are thrilled to show the three-dimensional models of the sculptures today," said Ruth Stone, project manager for IPFW Sculpture With Purpose. "These model bike racks will provide a vision into how Fort Wayne will be enriched through the addition of public art in our city."

A total of 160 designs were submitted for selection by artists in seven different states. Of those, 50 sculptural bike racks by 23 artists were selected. The first such sculpture, "Confluence," by Design Collaborative, was unveiled a year ago in Freimann Square.

In addition to public viewing of the models, IPFW is partnering with AWS Foundation for the School Bike Art portion of the project. Area schools and groups are invited to participate in creatively turning recycled bicycles into art. The newly designed bicycles will be displayed for public enjoyment at the Foundation for Art and Music Education Festival on March 15 and 16, 2014. Information can be found at the Sculpture With Purpose website under the Schools tab.

"Its hard to believe that IPFW is a half-century old, but we are thrilled to celebrate our successes in giving back to the community," said Irene Walters, executive director of university relations and communications. "In addition, we are celebrating this milestone by kicking off the 50 Reasons to Celebrate IPFW contest today."

IPFW's 50 Reasons to Celebrate contest kicked off Oct. 3 and concludes 50 days later on Nov. 21. During that time, the community can submit their reasons to celebrate IPFW in 50 words or less at the Celebrate IPFW website. A committee will select the best reasons with prizes awarded to all winners. One reason will be showcased each week beginning May 17, 2014. That date marks the official kickoff of IPFW's 50th Celebration year.

All the full-size sculptures will also be unveiled with a special celebration on May 17, 2014.

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