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Town to be home to castles

August 01, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- Hagerstown has it butterflies. Harrisburg (Pa.) had its cows.

While the animal parade of public art marches on, Greencastle has decided to take its foray into public art a bit more literally.

The Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Artists Knights Alliance of Greencastle (AKA) to host "The Castle Library," a public art exhibit to benefit the Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library.

Similar to the popular "Cows on Parade" exhibit sponsored in many U.S. cities, "The Castle Library" will seek community sponsors and artists to turn metal castles into works of art.

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"I thought, 'If they can do it, why can't we?'" local artist Sandra Tillman-Daniels said.

Tillman-Daniels said she has lived in many cities that have embraced the public art trend.

Cows, fish, horses -- she said she has seen it all.

But Greencastle is her first home with very little public art, she said.

Tillman-Daniels sought to bring her love of visual art and her love of the Besore Library together with a philanthropic public art project, said Bill Gour, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce.

Very little is set in stone for the project, Gour said.

"We do know there will be castles on display next summer," he said. "We do know it will benefit the library. The rest is being determined."

Gour said the Chamber and the AKA hope to begin gathering sponsors for the project as soon as possible.

Estimating each castle to cost about $2,010 to interpret, Gour said the goal is to find sponsors for 15 castles. The money will go toward improving the Besore Library on Baltimore Street.

Each castle will be sponsored and provided to an artist to interpret as he or she desires, Tillman-Daniels said.

Unlike other cities, every artist who wants to participate can, Tillman-Daniels said.

In keeping with the castle theme, artists not sponsored to interpret a castle will be given a roll of canvas and asked to create a banner to be displayed in town, she said.

The community already has started to show interest in the idea, with both sponsors and artists coming forward and eager to participate.

As Gour and Tillman-Daniels hammer out the details, much of their focus is on the unveiling.

Everything from a festival to integrating the castles into Old Home Week have been bantered about between the two.

For now, the Chamber is spreading the word.

Tillman-Daniels said a formal call for artists to submit renderings of their castle is scheduled to begin in late September.

Sponsors will select the artist to interpret the castles, she said.

Anyone interested in sponsoring or helping sponsor an artist and a castle may call the Chamber at 717-597-4610.

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