10th Anniversary Giving Pledge

Middleton Endowment Advisory Board is pleased to announce a special initiative in partnership with the Middleton Arts Committee to celebrate our 10th year of serving the Middleton community.

Middleton Endowment is pledging its 2017 grant award to support a new, iconic sculpture at Parmenter Circle.

In lieu of a Fall grant cycle, Middleton Endowment will pledge those funds to support the Middleton Arts Committee's campaign to build a very special sculpture at the Parmenter Circle roundabout. The stainless steel and dichroic glass sculpture, titled "Out of the Shell," was designed by Indianapolis artist Beverly Stucker-Precious.

In addition to the grant award from Middleton Endowment, members of the Advisory Board are pledging their annual contribution to this project. Please consider joining us in this amazing endeavor and help make this dream a reality.

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The sculpture campaign will run through December 31, 2017. For more information on Middleton Endowment's 10th Anniversary Giving Pledge, contact Advisory Board Chair Curt Fuszard.

More About "Out of the Shell"

The process of selecting the "Out of the Shell" design began in 2009 when the Middleton City Council released a request for qualifications to regional artists. Eighteen sets of qualifications were received and the Public Arts Committee narrowed it down to four artists, from whom site-specific proposals were requested. The finalists' proposals were put on display at the Middleton Public Library for a period of two weeks and public comments were received. Overwhelmingly (54%), the commenters preferred Beverly Stucker-Precious' proposal for "Out of the Shell." 

In an artist's statement, Stucker-Precious says the sculpture is a celebration of new beginnings. The reflective glass panels change color along with the angle of the light and the perspective of the viewer, offering "an ever-changing panorama."

"Evocative of a nest tucked into the native prairie grass, the spiraling structure is de­signed to relate to the circular site and the movement of traffic on the Parmenter Roundabout," said Stucker-Precious. "Tipped toward downtown, the iconic presence provides a lively focal point of movement."

In addition to the aesthetic experience, Stucker-Precious says the the steel and glass materials were chosen for their durability and safety. 

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