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Sculpture committee whittles away at proposals for traffic roundabouts

The first cut has been made in Hamburg's village sculpture contest.

No, not into stone or clay. Into the field of entrants.

The village's sculpture committee, with input from the public, has cut the field to 14 proposals.

The two winners will split as much as $100,000 to create sculptures for the centers of two of the four traffic roundabouts that are being created in the Route 62 reconstruction project.

"It's going to be a consensus process, with the committee and the public," said Trustee Michael Cerrone, who has been one of the project's biggest proponents.

The 14 "semifinalists" will be officially introduced to the Village Board at its meeting tonight, but they're listed -- with photos -- on the village Web site at http://www.villagehamburg.com.

Cerrone said the cut was made by taking the top 10 in voting by the committee and members of the public who were at a June 11 meeting.

"There's a nice mix between some realistic sculptures and figurative sculptures and some very abstract stuff," said Cerrone. "We'll have a good mixture to choose from."

The next step will be a committee meeting to go over written proposals for the final 14 on July 30.

The village will also be putting up displays and seeking response at Hamburg Library, Burgerfest and the farmers' market.

The village is planning to put Larry Griffis Jr. sculptures in roundabouts at Main and Center streets and Buffalo Street and Legion Drive.

The sculptures that are being sought through the contest would go in roundabouts at Main and Buffalo streets and Pine and Buffalo streets.

Cerrone is seeking to raise money for the latter two sculptures through private donations.

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