A dedication ceremony will take place Friday, October 10, at 4:30 p.m. to officially open the Mildred Putnam Sculpture Garden at East 118th Street and Euclid Avenue. The event is open to the public.
The sculpture garden features Dancers, a blue-painted steel sculpture over 30 feet tall by Cleveland architect Richard Fleischman.
The Mildred Putnam Sculpture Garden is the 47th work in the John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection.
The dedication will feature percussionists from the musical ensemble Heartbeat Afrika before and after remarks by Harvey Buchanan, director of the Putnam Sculpture Collection; Richard Fleischman, sculptor and architect, Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Incorporated; and Barbara Snyder, president of Case Western Reserve University.
Fleischman was selected to design and construct this sculpture in the fall of 2005. The site was chosen for its importance as an Eastern gateway to the university. The renowned architect has received numerous awards for his designs throughout the world.
The sculptural quality of Fleischman's architectural work made him a natural choice for the commission, according to Buchanan, adding Fleischman enjoyed the opportunity to create a sculpture garden that will be enjoyed by the Case Western Reserve University community and the surrounding neighborhood.
The John and Mildred Putnam Sculpture Collection was founded in 1981 by Mildred Andrews Putnam who established a permanent endowment at Case Western Reserve University for the acquisition of sculpture. The purpose of the Putnam Sculpture Collection is to enrich the visual and educational environment of Case Western Reserve University and University Circle by promoting awareness and understanding of the variety and vitality of the work of regional artists.
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