A piece of public sculpture -- probably something bold and colorful, playful and interactive -- soon might stand at the entrance to the Worthington Community Center.

A piece of public sculpture -- probably something bold and colorful, playful and interactive -- soon might stand at the entrance to the Worthington Community Center.

A call has gone out to artists to submit ideas for a piece that would greet visitors to the center.

Though the building is contemporary and relatively new, it has no "sense of place," said Jon Cook, director of the McConnell Arts Center.

Committee members are looking for something colorful, vibrant and contemporary, with a "little movement," he said.

Requests for proposals were sent to approximately 25 websites, and calls were made to local artists who might be interested in creating the Community Center sculpture.

He or she will be paid with a $10,000 200 Columbus Chase Neighborhood Grant, which celebrates Columbus' bicentennial.

In-kind services such as grant administration, installation, identification and recognition will be provided by the MAC, the city of Worthington and the community.

The 75,000-square-foot Community Center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road, has more than 375,000 visitors annually. Many are from Columbus, which surrounds Worthington.

"This project is an ideal opportunity for the Worthington community to express its identity and values it shares with Columbus," the grant application stated.

Deadline for applications is Aug. 19. The committee then will make its selection, with installation set for mid- to late October.

Cook said he hopes this is the beginning of a new trend.

"I think it's a good start for a long-term plan of outdoor art in Worthington," he said.