Three finalists were chosen from the more than 100 who applied to create the public artwork commissioned by the Dublin Arts Council to celebrate the city's 2010 bicentennial.

Three finalists were chosen from the more than 100 who applied to create the public artwork commissioned by the Dublin Arts Council to celebrate the city's 2010 bicentennial.

The artists have been working since December to craft an idea for the artwork that eventually will be on permanent display at the historic Karrer Barn property in Historic Dublin.

The finalists are:

Brower Hatcher, of Providence, R.I., who boasts more than 25 years of experience building more than "40 large-scale public art projects," according to the DAC. His designs "create prismatic effects, further enhanced by an embedded cloud of artifacts that relate to a site's influences and culture, resulting in landmark public art that enhances the sense of community and place." Thomas Sayre, who has been involved in the design and construction of more than 30 projects, including children's museums and historic renovations. The Raleigh, N.C., sculptor works with a variety of materials to create art that represents a "confluence of site, budget, social and cultural context and the perceived spirit of the project," the DAC said. State University of New York fine arts assistant professor Suikang Zhao, who creates public artwork that is integrated into the space, cultural and social environment of the community and region. The DAC said Zhao's art is "not meant to decorate the space, but rather (is) rooted in the existing architectural concept." -- Jennifer Noblit