Local Artist Hopes To Make Lasting Impression

- First impressions can mean everything, and Evansville will soon have a new first impression for those people flying into our airport. A Tristate man wins the honor of having his artwork selected to top the Evansville Regional Airport's 'Gateway Welcome Monument.'

It's been a two year competition ending in today's big announcement. There could only be one, and the winner is, Bob Zasadny, of Oakland City.

His sculpture, Aerial Beauty, is selected during a final vote at the Evansville Regional Airport. "This has been a dream. I have worked on this thing for the last two years." Hard work and dedication pay off for Oakland City artist, Bob Zasadny.

His design, Aerial Beauty, wins the honor to top Evansville Airport's 'Gateway Welcome Monument.' "Its just a joy to know that thousands of people are going to see this thing," says Zasadny. The opportunity came about in 2011. Six regional artists were selected to design a sculpture to sit on top of the monument wall. The competition is part of the Keep Evansville Beautiful Gateway project.

Two finalist present their design, but only one could win. "I didn't give up, and I hope that's a message I can send by doing this," says Zasadny. He makes his presentation first, followed by Charlotte Paul's creation called, Evansville Flying Forward.

"This is something that I've been hoping and dreaming would happen for, just the last fifty years, and now its coming to pass," says Zasadny. The 20 foot long, 27 foot tall design has airport officials, and city leaders, excited to start construction. "As soon as they leave the airport, they will be welcomed to the community in a very artistic way, beautiful way, and hopefully it will make that lasting impression," says Dianna Page with the airport.

"Just to see this bloom, and we are at this stage, it's just so exciting to see one final sculpture," says President of Keep Evansville Beautiful, Marcia Dowell.

 

Zasadny says his main goal is to create a beautiful sculpture that harmonizes with the environment, and mostly, to leave a lasting impression. "What somebody locally can accomplish just by following a dream. I just hope I can be an example in that way."

The project needs around a hundred - thousand dollars to complete. The funding would include the welcome monument wall, landscaping around wall, and sculpture itself.

Contact Keep Evansville Beautiful if you would like to donate.

Address:

209 Main St.
Evansville
Indiana 47708

Phone:

+1 (812) 425-4461

E-mail:

keb@keepevansvillebeautiful.org <mailto:keb@keepevansvillebeautiful.org>


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