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PARTA wants Artists for Veterans Memorial at Transit Center

$120,000 of $26 million project budgeted for public art, will be used for memorial

is looking for artists interested in creating a veterans memorial to be erected at the site of the new downtown.

The transit agency is partnering with the city and Kent State University to include a veterans memorial as part of the project discussion last year about in Kent in honor of 2007 Theodore Roosevelt High School grad Adam Hamilton, who died while serving in Afghanistan.

Bryan Smith, director of planning for PARTA, said they are planning an extensive process with public involvement from the start regarding the search for artists and their proposals.

"Prior to issue the call for entry we will have a public meeting inviting people to critique the call for entry," he said. "In broad terms, we are looking for a veterans memorial that is not conflict specific, not branch specific, not time specific."

Smith said they are looking for a memorial that is simple, easy to maintain, vandal resistant — to the extent it can be — and only requires lighting.

"My boss has already volunteered that we would maintain the memorial with the in perpetuity," he said.

The $26 million transit center project includes 10 bus transfer bays, more than 300 parking spaces and commercial space. Of the total budget, $120,000 has been set aside for public art and will be used to pay for the memorial. The memorial would stand at the southeast corner of the site.

PARTA's goal is to award the contract for the memorial by February 2013. The artist would then be given until August 2013 to finish and install the memorial. Its dedication would be held sometime in September 2013, Smith said.

The transit agency will make the official call for entries starting May 28. For more information on submitting, view, download or print the .pdf file attached to this story.

Frank Mueller May 14, 2012 at 04:13 AM
"War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today." (John F. Kennedy) There are thousands of Veterans Memorials in the USA, but to my knowledge there is not a single one for conscientious objectors; let alone deserters. "Of all the missing plaques, we especially miss this one: This is for a man who refused to kill his fellow men." (Kurt Tucholsky, The Plaque,1925)
Tom Riddle May 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
The very last thing Kent needs is a stupid war memorial. Downtown Ravenna has been horribly disfigured by an idiotic war memorial. Let's not let Kent suffer the same fate. Just say no! We can do better than a war memorial -- poet's corner, a plaza, local history display, etc. Let's show the young people that they have a better future than becoming canon fodder in another ridiculous war.
robert May 20, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Wow!!!! I guess I am to old to understand the comments of Frank and Tom !Are they really so anti military or not thankful for the freedom they enjoy at the willingness of so many thousands who gave their lives to preserve this Nation ? If so the Bible stating "Greater Love has no man ,than to lay down his life for his friends " "John 15:13" will also be meaningless ! Kent is so proud of their Military Service persons they placed the Memorial in the center of Standing Rock Cemetary !! Appropriate for them ,I guess, "The dead with the dead " !

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