County Commissoners approve hot-air balloon sculpture
The Washington County Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to sponsor a hot-air balloon sculpture in Take Flight II, a civic arts project to benefit the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
The county will spend $5,000 from its hotel-motel tax fund to sponsor the sculpture. The $5,000 "soaring" sponsorship level allows the sponsor to keep the sculpture after a display period, while sculptures sponsored at the $3,500 "Up, Up & Away" level will be auctioned, project organizers said.
The project is a follow-up to the successful butterfly sculpture project in spring 2009, Take Flight II co-chair Pieter Bickford said. A total of 45 sponsored hot-air balloon sculptures will be artistically decorated and placed in downtown Hagerstown in April and May 2011, according to a project flier.