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Today's deadline for submitting proposals for a commissioned public sculpture to salute volunteerism in Niagara Falls has been extended to Nov. 15.

The additional time will permit Western New York artists to prepare plans for a sculpture that would recognize the work of volunteers in society while also supporting the enrichment and beautification of a public park, according to the committee co-chairmen, Mayor James C. Galie and Christopher H. Brown of the public accounting firm Brown & Co.

The statue is to be placed on an existing pedestal in Hyde Park in time for its dedication during a community fair there next June. The Volunteer Recognition Committee hopes to raise more than $15,000 through community contributions to support the work.

Applicants must submit a sketch of their proposed sculpture, five slides of previous work, a slide identification sheet, a professional resume, and a concept statement which briefly describes their proposal by the Nov. 15 deadline.

An important part of the winning submission will be the involvement of students from the Niagara Falls School District in some aspect of the work.

Two semi-finalists will be chosen from among the applicants, with each semi-finalist receiving an honorarium of $300.

The pedestal for the statue has been unused since a small replica of the Statue of Liberty was moved from there to a site near the Rainbow Bridge in the 1980s. The pedestal is across Hyde Park Boulevard from Charles B. Gaskill Middle School, near Forest Avenue.

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