Working in downtown Danbury, I have seen project after project being implemented with the intent to enhance the streetscape and make our business district even more appealing, not only to our residents and business owners, but also to visitors and possible startups.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Downtown Danbury Sculpture Park was held on a beautiful sunny afternoon near 280 Main Street. Perfect weather paired up with the artsy atmosphere created by the eight sculptures installed throughout the area from 274 heading North to 288 Main Street, which were exceptionally inviting to an audience of local dignitaries, residents, business owners, artists and art aficionados.
Danbury CityCenter Executive Director P.J. Prunty explained that this project aims to bring sculpture to downtown sidewalks and public green areas in our urban core. “Six sculptures are situated within two green areas in this location and the remaining two are on the sidewalk.”
The sculptures and their respective participating artists are: “Silver Seed” by Curator David Boyajian, “Bird House” by Kate Winn, “Planets VI” by Murray Bodin, “Jacque’s Grass” by Steve Brooks, “Music” by Richard Pitts, “Mystery Passage” by B.A. D’Alessandro, “Ode to Growth” by Glenn Zweygardt, and “Octavia Rising” by John Ferguson.
“David’s help to bring this project to life was paramount,” explained Tom Devine, CityCenter Danbury Board of Commissioners Chair.
But plans to continue to enhance the visual curb appeal throughout downtown don’t stop here. “We are currently working on additional projects to further beautify this area that will include plantings and landscaping improvements,” explained Prunty.
This project was possible due to the support of the City of Danbury, REI Property and Asset Management, Mariano Brothers, Hoffman Landscapes, Hodge Insurance, O&G Industries, David Boyajian, and the Cultural Alliance of Western Connecticut.
For more information about how to get involved and future projects, contact P.J. Prunty at 203-792-1711 or visit the Danbury CityCenter at 268 Main Street.
Photos by Renato Ghio, RMedia