It was standing-room-only at this week's Dublin City Council meeting when a resolution for a contract with artist Brower Hatcher came up for vote.

It was standing-room-only at this week's Dublin City Council meeting when a resolution for a contract with artist Brower Hatcher came up for vote.

Despite some residents' comments against the public artwork -- designed to celebrate Dublin's 2010 bicentennial -- council approved a $150,000 contract with Hatcher in a 5-2 vote. Council members Richard Gerber and Michael Keenan were the dissenters.

Hatcher was chosen by a committee put together by the Dublin Arts Council. The initial pool of artists was over 100.

Several residents were on hand to voice support or opposition on the blacksmith-shop replica that will be installed at the historic Karrer Barn property on the southern edge of Historic Dublin on South High Street. The city purchased the one-acre property, which includes the barn and stone wall, in 2006 for $150,000 from Carl Karrer.

Eight residents voiced opposition to the artwork. One spoke in favor and long-time resident Walter Maurer said this is a good opportunity for the artist to work with residents.

Karrer, a descendant of former land owner George Michael Karrer, told council members that when he sold the city to the land, he wrote a deed restriction to prevent something like this from being built on the property.

"Modern art conflicts with history," he said of the public artwork.

Neighboring residents, several from the Waterford neighborhood, also said that the blacksmith shop replica, which will be made of green powder-coated steel rods, does not fit the historic characteristic of the neighborhood. They urged council to consider moving it to another location.

"I don't think anyone would stand up and say the barn is not a piece of art," Waterford Village Association president David Goldthwaite said. "Now we have two pieces of art competing."

A petition with 114 signatures opposed to the public artwork was also submitted to council. Several council members said they received e-mails and phone calls, but for some it was too late.

"This process has been open and transparent," Mayor Tim Lecklider said, noting that council chose the Karrer Barn as the location for the art early last fall.

"The arts council attempted to contact Waterford Village residents. Only two people got videotaped and 10 people did written comments (on the Karrer Barn property)," he said.

While legal action has been mentioned to stop the art, Lecklider said, "legal counsel has advised us that this project does not violate deed restrictions."

Both Amy Salay and John Reiner told residents the art would not harm property values, as neighbors feared. "It hurts to see the neighbors say, 'We can't embrace this,'" Reiner said.

Council approved the $150,000 contact with the Providence, R.I., artist, but added a condition that Hatcher would come to Dublin and work with residents at the city's expense. "As I stated in my text, this is a collaboration between us: you and me, my studio and the community of Dublin, Ohio," a statement from Hatcher said. "I am open to listening to what the community has to say and co-creating the work with them. The work is not about me; I just have the experience to execute it."