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New Art in Rushville’s Downtown

New signage and art has gone up in downtown Rushville to celebrate Rush County’s Bicentennial. These additions were made possible through the generous support and work of dozens of individuals. Read below for an update on the new additions to Rushville’s Downtown.

RUSH Sculpture – The RUSH artwork was commissioned by the City of Rushville as a leave behind art project celebrating Rushville and Rush County’s Bicentennial. It is dedicated to those who choose to live, work, and play in Rush County. The sculpture was inspired by Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE sculpture. RUSH represents both the City and the County that were named in honor of Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signor of the Declaration of Independence. The following people/entities had a hand in the creation and installation of this beautiful artwork: Sponsor – Rush County Community Foundation; Artists / Fabricators – Starweld, Davis Towing, Pike’s Sandblasting, Bobby Thompson and Samani Design & Fabrication; Site preparation / concrete – City Street Department; Project Design/Oversight – Mayor Mike Pavey & Project Manager – Brian Sheehan.

Guitar Sculpture – The guitar sculpture was the idea of City of Rushville Street Commissioner Jemmy Miller. Jemmy convinced Street Dept. employee Bill Emerson that this was a project he could successfully complete. After roughly three months of intermittent work, this beautiful guitar emerged. It is because of individuals like Bill that Rushville continues to be able to celebrate its Bicentennial. The art piece is dedicated to all the citizens that share their time, treasure and talents to make Rushville a better place. The following individuals had a hand in the creation and development of the guitar sculpture: Sponsor – City of Rushville; Artist / Fabricator – Bill Emerson; Artist / Painter – Lance Woskobojnik; Powder Coating – Pike Sandblasting; Site work / Concrete / Installation – City Street Department.

Banners – The over-the-street banners and signage on Fishmoon’s building pay homage to the people, places, and things that make Rush County historic. The banners were paid for through a generous donation from Emerson-Copeland.

Bicentennial Mural – Over the next few weeks, artist Lance Woskobojnik will finish a commemorative Rush County Bicentennial mural on the south wall of the Campaign Flats building. The mural features significant Rush County monuments like the Courthouse, City Center, and Overlook Park. This block-style mural will bring a source of vibrancy and color to Rushville’s historic downtown. This artwork was co-designed by Intern Lexey Yager and artist Lance Woskobojnik. The mural has been paid for through the generous sponsorship of Emerson-Copeland. These new additions to downtown are paired with the beautiful flowers and floral arrangements along Rushville’s main street corridor. Each year, Vogel’s florist creates these arrangements, and the City of Rushville Street Department waters and maintains them. These beautiful additions to Rushville’s downtown mark a continued commitment to the next 200 years of Rush County history and success


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