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Auburn’s Newest Art Installations to Be Unveiled Friday


Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jesse Kline with Auburn Downtown Business Improvement District, told Finger Lakes News Radio that Sky Woman will be unveiled at a later date. Ideogenesis will still be unveiled at 6:00p as planned.

Auburn’s two newest public art installations will be unveiled Friday evening.

Ideogenesis will be located at the Southwest corner of Genesee and South Streets. Created by Jon Carnes and Keith Traub, the piece reflects Auburn’s inventive and industrious history and is comprised of a pair of hands and a sun-spark-gear shape held between them.

3,015 lbs of stainless steel were donated by Nucor for the project.

Sky Woman will be located by the parking garage on the Northeast corner of William and Lincoln Streets. Created by Audrey Iwanicki, the sculpture honors the legacy of the Cayuga Nation and the geological history of the area. The name is an homage to the Native American creation story.

Sky Woman features a life-sized female figure made out of bronze holding three concentric stainless steel rings representing the sun, earth, and sky. The base of the structure resembles a tortoise shell.

Ideogenesis will be unveiled at 6:00p followed by Sky Woman at 6:30p.

Funding for the projects comes from the DRI’s public arts project which was selected for funding through the City of Auburn’s $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant. Their installation will mark the conclusion of the project.

Other works funded through the project include the Harriet Tubman bicycle sculpture at Freedom Park and the murals at State Street and Auburn Public Theater.

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