Cranes and trucks removed eight sculptures from across the city this afternoon. The public art pieces were installed in May 2015. They were originally scheduled to be on display until May 2016, but the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau worked with the artist to extend the stay by one year.
“It has been an incredible two years getting to know the artists, their stories and displaying their works of art throughout downtown Rockford,” said Tana Vettore, RACVB director of destination development. “The sculptures became a fabric of downtown, enhanced our appreciation of public art and created a sense of community.”
The Visitors Bureau and Forest City Beautiful, with the assistance of longtime art collectors and Rockford businessmen Tom Furst and Dick Behr, brought the sculptures to town as part of ongoing, long-range beautification efforts. The sculptures will return to New York, where both artists are based.