“I think for [the city] to embrace public art, it’s saying that Milton really understands what it means to bring culture and arts to the community,” said Dillon, owner of Dillon Forge in Milton.
What he has planned for the park will be an abstract winged figure made of steel that will tower about 12 feet off the ground. The figure will be in the stance of a victory pose. Dillon said the piece will reflect moods associated with both experiencing inner victory and sharing victory with others.
“It just depends on which way you’re looking at it,” he said. “It’s really subtle.”
Dillon said the base of the sculpture will be shaped like a bell with respect to the park’s name. In the base, he will forge symbols that represent sports equipment. He said he will also be chrome-plating the metal so it’s similar to a trophy.
In addition to the figure, Dillon will forge two walls of fame with plaques on either side.
“I think [the public art is] going to make a statement of beauty to the park,” said Jim Cregge, Milton’s director of parks and recreation. “It’s a very unique thing, and it’s going to be a very unique accent to the park.”
Milton City Council unanimously approved Dillon to create the work for the park May 19. He said coming up with the design has been a collaboration between him and city officials.
Though this is Dillon’s first time creating public art for the city in which he lives and works, he has created public projects for the cities of Charlotte, Nashville and Duluth. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990 and commissioned private pieces for clients before branching out to do public art about four or five years ago.
Dillon uses his blacksmith skills to create art and to forge the tools he uses in the process. Currently he is creating the infrastructure and tools he will use for the Bell Memorial Park project. Dillon hopes to begin on the sculptures in the next few weeks. The project will be complete in time for the park’s re-opening in mid-2015.