Friday, September 07, 2007

Statue for Museum

For her winning bid, Billig submitted four ideas. The one chosen by the committee features a 12-year-old boy - modeled after several acquaintances since her grandsons are now too old or too young - sitting on a pile of library books while reading from a single volume. The boy wears overalls, work boots and a buttoned-up shirt and waves a straw hat in the air. At his feet, a shaggy dog stands on its hind legs.
In giving the sculptor guidance, Piana said she and the committee members wanted the work to be inviting and universal, rather than an imposing facsimile of a specific figure from the town's past, such as the bronze Benjamin Franklin statue on the library's steps.

"We want children to really go up,'' she said of the boy and dog work.

The sculpture is being paid for with a $40,000 state grant secured in last year's budget by state Rep. James Vallee, D-Franklin, with some of those funds also used for new town welcome signs, holiday decorations, and trash and recycling bins.

When the senior center moves to a new location on Daniel McCahill Way this fall, its old site will be landscaped and its old structure inspected before the museum takes over.
Read more in Michael Morton's article in the Milford Daily News

I think it is a good idea to bring the museum downtown to generate some traffic. I look forward to visiting and learning more about Franklin.