By Associated Press - Saturday, April 19, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio commission is seeking an artist to design a statue of inventor Thomas Edison to be added to the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

The nonprofit Ohio Statuary Hall Commission is now accepting proposals from interested and qualified artists, according to a release sent on behalf of the commission.

Each state gets to place two statues of notable historic figures in the Capitol. Edison, a native of Milan in northern Ohio, would join U.S. President James Garfield as Ohio’s representatives in the hall, replacing the current statue of Governor William Allen.

Edison was chosen in a vote at historic sites around Ohio in 2010, winning narrowly over aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Edison received more than one thousand patents, including ones for the phonograph, the kinetoscope for viewing motion pictures and the first practical incandescent light bulb.

The state General Assembly and Republican Gov. John Kasich decided to recall the statue of Allen in 2012. Allen, a Democrat, served in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate before becoming Ohio’s 31st governor in 1874.

The statuary commission is accepting artists’ proposals for the statue until 4 p.m. on May 5. It will then select up to five finalists before deciding on the winning proposal, subject to approval by the state of Ohio, the architect of the Capitol and the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.

Artists applying for the job must show how they intend to convey the inventor through their design and submit documentation and photos of prior experience, plus an itemized estimate of expenses.

“We have a preference for an Ohio artist who is able to capture the ingenuity of Thomas Edison as a representation of the creative and industrious spirit of all Ohioans,” Doug McDonald, who heads the commission, said in an email.

Finalists will be selected by May 26 and will have just over a month to complete a small model of their proposed design for submission to the commission by June 30. A final decision is expected in July.

The project is funded solely by private donations, with the final statue tentatively scheduled to be unveiled on Oct. 21, 2015 in the Capitol.



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