The three finalists for Dublin's bicentennial public art project will unveil their ideas in February.

The three finalists for Dublin's bicentennial public art project will unveil their ideas in February.

The Dublin Arts Council announced last week that the presentations will be made from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Abbey Theater inside the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

The presentations originally were scheduled for last week, but the timeline was pushed back because of resident concern over the lack of community feedback about the Karrer Barn property, 225 S. High St., and the $150,000 piece of art to be installed there.

The arts council, with the help of the city, recorded resident comment on videotape last week at the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, although arts council executive director David Guion said few participated.

"We had two residents on video and one resident who didn't want to be identified and didn't want to be on tape," he said.

The arts council also maintained a blog on its Web site from Dec. 4-18 to collect comments from the community. As of last week, arts council public relations manager Janet Cooper said there were five posts about the Karrer Barn site. The arts council also received an e-mail, Cooper said.

All feedback from the community has been passed on to the three finalists: Rhode Island public artist Brower Hatcher, sculptor Thomas Sayre of Raleigh, N.C., and State University of New York fine arts assistant professor Suikang Zhao.

At the Feb. 4 meeting, each of the three finalists will have 45 minutes to "present their detailed, site-specific proposals, which are anticipated to include digital and physical representations of the projects and a project timeline," the arts council said.

The arts council's selection committee, which is made up of community members, will have the final say on which artist is chosen, although the community can submit comment cards and ask questions during the Feb. 4 event.

The selection committee will privately discuss options after the presentations and also could meet Feb. 5 to make a decision. The arts council said the winner of the public art project will be announced the week of Feb. 8.

While the selection process has been pushed back a few months to allow for additional community input, the arts council is unsure if the original art installation goal of October 2010 also will be delayed.

"The approval process that the artists will undergo by the city could take between 30 and 60 days to review the drawings and concept," Guion said. "That could hinder the installation. ... This whole (public art) process normally takes two years."

Dublin City Council last month discussed waiving the requirement of having the artist's work go through the Architectural Review Board, but council tabled the action after hearing concern from residents who live near the Karrer Barn property.

Cooper said the arts council should have a better idea of an installation date after seeing the artists' timelines.

The arts council's art in public places program is funded in part by the city's bed tax. For more information on the bicentennial public art project or the finalists, look online at