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Lockport statue project passes two-thirds mark in funding

The project to install 14 statues near the Erie Canal locks in Lockport has more than two-thirds of its funding in hand.

There are commitments for $820,000 of the estimated $1.2 million cost of the Lock Tender Tribute, said David R. Kinyon, president of the Lockport Locks Heritage District Corp.

At a meeting Tuesday, the Host Communities Standing Committee, which controls Niagara River Greenway funding in Niagara County, approved $134,000 for the third phase of its commitment, bringing the Greenway total to $400,000. Kinyon said a state downtown revitalization grant and funding from the state Council for the Arts account for most of the remainder.

Youngstown sculptor Susan Geissler is to create 14 life-size bronze statues to be placed on the steps near the locks, depicting a locally renowned photo taken there in 1897. The first four are to be unveiled next spring, and Geissler has been formally commissioned for the next batch of five.

"Our goal is to have a world-class heritage attraction in Lockport," Kinyon said.

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