Our Town is part art museum

EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WCIA) -- Our Town is home to nearly 30 sculptures all made by artists from the Midwest.

"Art is good. Art is awesome and I love creativity. It just adds a culture I think we need."

You can find plenty of it downtown on the square.

"All throughout downtown, we have them all around the square, all down Jefferson. We have quite a few around city hall here, in front of the library. Pretty much anywhere downtown."

There are 28 sculptures, all made by artists from the Midwest, each with a different vision behind its creation.

"It's visionary, they have an eye that for someone on the outside is just unique."

It started in 1997. The Flame of Hope created by Leonardo Lierman. Abbey Nosbisch is with the Visitor's Bureau and says variety is not something they're lacking.

"We have stone sculptures, we have steel, actually, on the courthouse lawn, we have wood sculptures."

Each year, new ones are placed around the area.

"For me, every year, seeing the sculptures and I first look at the images and then talking to the artists and hearing their explanation and their vision for the art is amazing."

"It's great to see art locally and art from where we're from. Art is about self-expression and it's cool to see people that live down the street from you expressing themselves."

From butterflies to unique-looking trees.

"Driving down the street, they catch your eye and you want to pull over and look at them."

20 of the sculptures are for sale while eight are permanent and can't be sold.  


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