- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. (AP) - Springfield officials are expecting a new 62-foot-tall sculpture that would serve as an attractive entryway to the city to be completed next summer.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1L5vXuo ) the $236,000 taxpayer-funded project called the Springfield Flame will be installed in the Gateway area. City spokesman Niel Laudati says the sculpture will attract Interstate 5 travelers to the area populated with retailers, hotels and restaurants.

The project will feature a stainless steel flame shape atop painted, curved steel pipes. The flame will be illuminated by energy-efficient light strips that change colors.

Portland artist Devine Laurence Field is creating the sculpture.

Springfield officials are also planning another art project for Willamalane Park to be dedicated to women in the military. The work would be unveiled around Veterans Day 2016.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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