Statue of Aiken founder proposed

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 8:51 AM
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AIKEN --- The Newberry Street festival site upgrade and fountain renovation would also include adding a statue of William Aiken Sr., the South Carolina Canal and Railroad Co. founder, according to recommendations from the city's arts commission.

The commission presented council members with a new site design during a Monday work session, including improvements for the fountain, which collapsed about two years ago for unknown reasons.

Plans to the area include adding a sculpture, which committee member Catherine Thomas said would be a meaningful tribute to Aiken and its founder.

"People are going to have fun with it," she said.

The statue would cost about $25,000, which a local company will provide, but does not wish to be recognized at this point. The commission is trying to locate a photo of Aiken, but the statue will be based on photos of his son if one cannot be located, according to Thomas.

Fountain renovations are expected to cost $10,000 and would including adding benches around the fountain, installing new pavers and putting in additional green space.

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Nightwing 04/13/10 - 03:10 pm
Aiken is a progressive city

Aiken is a progressive city and continues to improve its downtown area. What is wrong with Augusta?

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