The Marshall County community is invited to attend a dedication ceremony in front of the Marshall County Museum, 123 N. Michigan St., on Friday, August, 12 at 1 PM EDT for the dedication of the Indiana Bicentennial Bison.
The ceremony to install the bison as a permanent feature in downtown Plymouth will include comments from representatives from the Marshall County United Way, Marshall County Community Foundation, Mayor Mark Senter, the Heartland Artists, and the Marshall County Museum.
For the past 12 weeks, 10 artists from Heartland Artists have painted 16 unique and colorful depictions on a 5-ft., 100-lb. bison in celebration of Indiana’s “Bison-tennial.” Each artistic rendering, painted directly on the body of the bison, represents historic sites in the communities that make up Marshall County. Heartland Artists collectively donated almost 200 hours to memorialize Indiana’s 200thbirthday and are still accepting donations to fund this effort. The artists painted the Marshall County bison as an extremely rare white American Bison, considered spiritually significant in Native American culture.
The bison is part of an Indiana statewide public art project supported by the Indiana Association of United Ways. The officially endorsed legacy project aims to celebrate Indiana’s rich history.The United Wayof Marshall Countyserved as the lead organization in this effort which included a second bison in Bremen.
Thanks should be given to the following sponsors of the Marshall County bison project:
Ancilla Domini Sisters
Beta Delta Chapter, Plymouth
Friends of the Library
Heartland Artists Gallery
Marshall Count Community Foundation
Marshall County Museum
Marshall County Tourism
Mayor’s Youth Council
Plymouth Chamber of Commerce
Paul and Carol Nye
Shelley Heiden, who volunteered to spearhead and lead the project, will announce the name of the bison from entries that were submitted by local community members. George Schricker and Tim Pike will perform an original piece created especially for this historic event.
For more information about the Indiana statewide “Bison-tennial” efforts, please visit http://www.iauw.org/bison/.