Ten items from Dublin residents will be part of a public artwork installed at 225 S. High St. in August.

Ten items from Dublin residents will be part of a public artwork installed at 225 S. High St. in August.

Brower Hatcher picked from items submitted by Dublin residents for his artwork that will celebrate Dublin's bicentennial. The piece is called "The Simulation of George Karrer's Workshop."

Hatcher, an artist based in Rhode Island, was chosen last year for the $150,000 bicentennial public artwork that will be installed on the Historic Karrer Barn property. A call went out last month for forged items from the community that could be included in the artwork of metal rods on a limestone base that will simulate a blacksmith shop that stood on the property a century ago.

Janet Cooper of the Dublin Arts Council said about 13 or 14 items had been submitted.

"What I had in mind is obviously engaging the community and, hopefully, evoking a sense of ownership from the community," Hatcher said. "It's a complex base-frame intricate structure that we're placing about 40 elements that have to do with the blacksmith process. So we put up a call to the community to see what contributions we might be able to have. They'll be arranged within the structure as if it's a flowing field of objects."

Ten of the 40 items that will be included in the artwork come from Dublin residents and include a metal brush, a pulley, a wrench and ice tongs.

The items that aren't from Dublin residents were crafted by local artisans, Hatcher said, and all items will be protected from the weather and bolted into place.

"We are trying to evoke several things (with the found items). One being that this is a historic site and the structure we're building with these forgings. We'll have a natural forge and anvil and wheelwright table that is part of the original Karrer Barn artifacts, as if it's a memory, not a replica," he said. "This is evoking a memory of a workman's workshop. There is a historic sense about it."

Hatcher has been seeking engineering approval and putting the rod structure together.

"The building itself is a complex, layer process," he said, noting that the structure currently is being dismantled to be sprayed with a gold and then green powder coating.

Work on the site on the southern end of Historic Dublin will begin soon as the limestone base for the artwork is laid.

"That work will start soon and we're having a local mason execute that work," Hatcher said. "That will be all done and will have a brick floor and brick pathway. What we're building comes in, and we attach it to the top of that wall."

The installation of the powder-coated rods could come in mid-July, Hatcher said, and it should be a three-day job. Dublin officials said the art dedication is slated for Aug. 18.

The installation will wrap up more than a year of work that included input sessions from the community, which Hatcher values, he said.

"I really welcome community feedback and community interaction," he said. "For me, that's part of the process, and in the end, the work is for the community. It's not about me; it's about you, the community and Dublin. We want to be sure that it works to their mind and that they're comfortable with it and happy with it. In general, we want to have a positive community response, by and large, to my work."