Dublin's bicentennial public artwork will move closer to fruition next week when the three prospective artists reveal their ideas.

Dublin's bicentennial public artwork will move closer to fruition next week when the three prospective artists reveal their ideas.

The three finalists will make presentations to the selection committee and the public from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Abbey Theater in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

Although the selection committee will choose the permanent, site-specific artwork to be installed on the grounds of the historic Karrer Barn property at 225 S. High St., Dublin-area residents are being asked to attend to ask questions and share their opinions.

Janet Cooper, marketing and public relations manager for the organizing entity, the Dublin Arts Council, said those in attendance will receive question cards that will be collected during the presentations.

The selection committee will ask the artists the submitted questions. If time does not permit all questions to be asked, Cooper said the selection committee will take the questions into account when choosing the bicentennial art.

"Also at the end of the evening, the audience will be asked to leave comment cards that will allow them to express their opinion," Cooper said. "There will be two ways community input will be sought: question and comment cards."

Artists Brower Hatcher, Thomas Sayre and Suikang Zhao each will be given up to 45 minutes to explain his proposal. The presentations will include digital or three-dimensional representations of the proposed art, a timeline for the project and time for questions.

The selection committee, which includes representatives from the community, the Dublin Historical Society, a Dublin Arts Council board member, a public artist and a public art expert, will privately discuss options after the Feb. 4 presentations. According to a news release from the DAC, Feb. 5 "is being held as an alternate date for deliberations to continue if the selection committee is unable to reach consensus the evening of the presentations."

The DAC expects the winner of the commissioned public artwork that will cost $150,000 to be announced the week of Feb. 8.

The artwork originally was expected to be installed at the Karrer Barn property in October, but concerns expressed by neighboring residents extended the process.

Residents were asked to submit comments on the significance of the property, and the information was given to the artist finalists last month. Cooper said the artists changed or "augmented" their proposals after receiving the comments.

"They were delighted to receive feedback," she said.

The artists also have been given information on the property and the city, including property deed restrictions, zoning codes and historical information.

Cooper said the artists and the selection committee welcome more feedback during this next step.

"In terms of numbers, the capacity for the Abbey Theater is 200 people. If we come anywhere close to that it would probably break records for the number of people who have historically been involved in the public art process," she said.

The artwork is part of Dublin's art in public places program and is funded, in part, by bed tax funds. The city of Dublin owns the Karrer Barn property.