The Rhode Island artist selected to create the city's 2010 bicentennial public artwork will return to Dublin next month to get community feedback on the project, which stirred controversy when it was chosen in February.

The Rhode Island artist selected to create the city's 2010 bicentennial public artwork will return to Dublin next month to get community feedback on the project, which stirred controversy when it was chosen in February.

Brower Hatcher is scheduled to attend a May 3 meeting at the Dublin Community Recreation Center to get input on the color, materials, placement and scale of the project planned for the historic Karrer Barn property.

Hatcher's artistic interpretation of George M. Karrer's blacksmith shop at the corner of what is now 225 S. High St. has been approved by city council. The $150,000 commissioned project could be finished and installed at the south Historic Dublin property this year, Hatcher said in February.

Sara Ott, senior project manager for the city, said the May 3 meeting will allow Dublin residents the chance to provide some additional input on the project, which drew some opposition from residents at the late February council meeting when the artwork was approved.

"During the meeting Mr. Hatcher will share information on the perspective of the proposal and then there are areas for community conversations," she said. "We've received a lot of individual ideas, but it's also important for residents to talk to each other and interact with fellow residents who have an interest."

Residents can give their input on three subject areas: color and materials, placement of the art on the site and the project scale.

Despite some opposition from residents, Dublin City Council has stood firm on the location.

"Some individuals still have concerns about the site and council has provided clear direction that this is an appropriate site, so that part of the conversation really has not been advanced," Ott said. "What we really want to concentrate on is the other details. Those are the areas that Mr. Hatcher has expressed interest and willingness to listen to what community members have to say."

According to a staff memo on the meeting, the three different areas of discussion will be conducted at different tables. Hatcher will mingle among the tables to get input.

Residents will have a chance to get an idea of the placement and the scale of the artwork that is planned to be a powder-coated steel outline of the blacksmith shop on a limestone foundation.

The city plans to build a "model" of the project at the site, although Ott said details are still in the works about what materials will be used.

"We're looking at options, but we'll definitely mark out the exterior footprint on the property," she said.

The meeting is set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 3. Anyone unable to attend can provide input online, although Ott said the city still is working out the details for providing online feedback.

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