- Associated Press - Thursday, January 2, 2020

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky city is hosting a dedication ceremony for several new statues, including two of Roman deities.

The city of Ashland’s Friday ceremony will include a lighting ceremony, catered food, live music and a presentation by the artist, Ginés Serrán-Pagán, The Independent reported. The bronzed clay and fiberglass statues of Venus, Vulcan and the concept of Genesis were commissioned by an anonymous donor who hoped to memorialize three distinct parts of their hometown, according to the newspaper.

“I am so grateful that Serrán-Pagán’s magnificent statues will be part of Ashland’s riverfront landscape,” city manager Mike Graese said. “The generosity of the donor is, in my opinion, reflective of Ashland’s giving spirit; I hope these statues will be a source of pride for our citizens today and in the decades to come.”

Mayor Steve Gilmore said he’s confident the statues will draw tourists from all over.

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