- Associated Press - Saturday, January 21, 2017

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - Officials in a southwest Ohio city that’s recognized as the “City of Sculpture” will accept 11 sculptures.

The Hamilton City Council voted last month to accept the sculptures from City of Sculpture Inc., The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reported (https://bit.ly/2iUy7bx ).

The 11 artworks range in value from about $3,000 to up to $60,000.

City of Sculpture accepts and maintains artworks from the general public, even after they’re in the possession of the city government. It cleans and waxes the artworks and deals with insurance carriers if a sculpture is damaged or vandalized.

Under an agreement the city reached with City of Sculpture in 2007, the organization turned over ownership of the sculptures to the city. The city agreed to notify the organization of any plans to move or modify the sculptures and the organization can help make decisions in such matters.

“Typically, it’s easier for them (city government) to own and insure, since they’re on the city’s property, for the most part,” said City of Sculpture President Mike Dingeldein.

About 40 artworks have been donated under the program.

Ohio Gov. Bob Taft officially recognized Hamilton as the City of Sculpture in 2000.

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