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Ocean Springs accepts latest public arts project piece

By Karen Nelson | Sun Herald | March 19, 2013

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The latest addition to the Public Arts Project of Ocean Springs, 'The Crow and The Pitcher' is packaged and ready for transport to Keys Municipal Park in downtown Ocean Springs. It is a granite and bronze sculpture by Los Angeles artist Vicki Banks and is expected to be unveiled and dedicated in about two weeks.

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OCEAN SPRINGS -- The city has accepted the latest piece of art from an organization dedicated to buying and placing sculptures around town.

"The Crow and The Pitcher" is the title of a bronze-and-granite piece headed for Keys Municipal Park, off Cash Alley in the heart of downtown.

The piece stands more than 3 feet high and will be installed in a small triangle of ground in the park that provides needed parking for downtown businesses.

The piece is the fifth sculpture the Public Arts Project of Ocean Springs has bought. All but one are outside in city parks or other public spaces.

"The Crow and The Pitcher" is by Los Angeles artist Vicki Banks, said Sharon McQuilkin, a PAPOS member who helps select the artworks. It is inspired by the Aesop's fable of the same name and represents ingenuity when a crow drops pebbles in a container to raise the water level in order to get a drink.

Herb Moore, another PAPOS member, said the city public works department plans to install it next week and the dedication should be within the next two weeks.

This piece fulfills the mission of the group that formed in 2005. The goal was five pieces in five years, Moore said. Whether the project will continue depends on the membership and the city, he said. The group has about 85 members committed to giving $100 per piece to the project. It has received grants, as well.

The Mississippi Arts Commission gave the group a grant to install the latest piece. Aldermen voted Tuesday night to add $250 toward the installation.