On Feb. 29, three artists will present their vision for Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park.

On Feb. 29, three artists will present their vision for Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park.

Finalists have been named in Dublin's next site-specific, public art project that will sit in Kosciuszko Park on Hard Road. The 36-acre park was dedicated in 2012.

The artists will present their ideas from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Abbey Theater in the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road.

Finalists are:

* Long Island City, N.Y.-based artist Ilan Averbuch who has artwork in public spaces and collections in the U.S., Canada, Israel, India and Europe.

* Po Shu Wang of Berkeley Calif., who has done more than 30 permanent public art commissions throughout the country.

* Cleveland artist and Fulbright Fellowship-winner Olga Ziemska who recently completed public artwork in Italy and Romania.

David Guion, Dublin Arts Council executive director, said the finalists stood out from the 149 applicants. They were chosen by an eight-person selection committee given the task of choosing an artist for the $150,000-commission project.

"I think it was their approach to the project," he said, adding every artist submitted a letter of interest. "Their thoughts about why the project was important to them and what they might explore were good. They were all strong in terms of commissions and experience."

At the Feb. 29 event, each artist will get up to 45 minutes to present their proposal and a project timeline.

The artists visited Kosciuszko Park last month for a site visit and learned about the park and history of the namesake, a man given the land for his work in the Revolutionary War.

"It was so wonderful to have the three of them here and meet them in person and get to know them a little better," Guion said. "They had good questions and we had a good conversation."

Former Dublin Parks and Open Space Director Fred Hahn is part of the eight-person selection committee and joined in the tour as a major force behind establishing the park.

"It was a tour of the park," Hahn said. "We walked and talked for several hours with the three finalists and gave them some history of the park and development and information about the natural environment. We also talked about the historical nature how once upon a time Native Americans called it their home and the Thaddeus Kosciuszko relationship and how that came to be."

Artists were also introduced to the 300-year-old oak tree on premises.

"I think that we all felt pretty good about these final three," Hahn said. "They demonstrated the qualities that we were looking for."

The Feb. 29 presentation is free and open to the public. The Dublin Arts Council is hoping for a crowd to hear opinions and questions from the public. Comment cards will also be available that will go to the selection committee.

"We encourage the public to come out," Guion said. "It's about doing public art for the community as opposed to (doing art) to the community."

The selection committee will consider public comment, presentations and other elements in the decision-making process, and is expected to make a decision that will be presented to Dublin City Council March 7.