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Foundation public-art benefit slated Sept. 13

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Gahanna Lincoln High School art teacher and sculpture designer Margaret Scott (right) helps put finishing touches on the newest art piece to be revealed during the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation's annual fundraiser, Friday After Five, on Friday, Sept. 13, at Creekside. Scott worked with Blacklick metal sculptor and smARTworks owner Steven Bush (left).
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Gahanna's third piece of public art will be unveiled during the Gahanna Parks & Recreation Foundation's third annual Friday After Five fundraiser from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept.13, at Creekside Plaza, 117 Mill St.

Contributions from the event will help the foundation sustain such programs as the Community Scholarship Program for Camp Friendship, Gahanna's youth sports program and endowments for such programs as the public art initiative.

The new art piece, designed by Lincoln High School art teacher Margaret Scott and built by artist Steve Bush, will be showcased during the benefit.

"I have always been a fan of landscape sculpture since my early childhood in Chicago," Scott said. "It was a part of my environment. Last year, the students were really intrigued with sculpture that integrated aspects of urban and rural environments. That struck me, so I began with that idea in mind."

Scott said she wanted her piece to relate to the Creekside trail she walks two to three times a week.

"The bird image represents that," she said. "I also wanted it to relate to the industrial side of Columbus. I love the metal structures and form of large buildings. The many shades of rusted red steel frames one sees as buildings ... are luscious to me. I am anxious to see how Steve makes the design come to life."

Scott said she has been teaching public art as a component of her advanced 3-D art class at the high school for five years.

Last year, the foundation commissioned Gahanna's second piece of public art, Three Fish, designed by high school student Staci Alatsis and created with Bush's help. It's in the Mill Race at Creekside Park.

In 2011, a sculpture titled Three Creeks was created and designed by Bush at the inaugural event. It's by the lagoon at Creekside Park.

During Friday after Five, sponsorship rights of the new art piece will be auctioned, with money going back to the foundation's public-art fund, allowing for the continued creation of art and art awareness in Gahanna.

Scott's piece will be alongside the trail section, between U.S. Route 62 and Wally Field.

Other highlights of the Friday after Five evening will include the 2013 "Fund the Need" drive; a live and silent auction; a disc jockey and dancing; and a bar and appetizers.

Tickets cost $25 for an individual and $40 per couple by Sept. 3.

On or after Sept. 4, the cost is $35 for an individual and $50 per couple.

Each ticket includes a drink ticket and food.

For more information or to purchase tickets, go online at gahanna.gov/departments/parks/foundation.aspx.

For more information about the foundation, go to gahannaparksandrecreationfoundation.org.

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