Dedication set for Mooney artwork in Urbana

URBANA — The city invites the public to a dedication of the Art in the Park installation designed by Champaign County-born artist John David Mooney. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday just north of the Urbana City Building, 400 S. Vine St., U.

Light refreshments will be available and brief comments by Mayor Laurel Prussing and the artist will begin at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The rain location will be the Urbana City Council chambers.

Art in the Park consists of "Spirit Tree," a monumental steel light sculpture that faces Vine Street, and "Falling Leaf," a fountain sculpture surrounded by decorative mounds. Inspired by Urbana as a Tree City U.S.A., Mooney created a permanent public art installation that celebrates the natural environment and provides moments of respite and reflection within the city building complex.

Mooney has created significant public art works worldwide, notably for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the Vatican, and the Tribune Tower in Chicago, where he lives. He is an alumnus of the University of Illinois and the University of Notre Dame.

The Mooney project, paid for with mainly private funds, took 22 years to complete. For additional information, contact Urbana's public arts coordinator Christina McClelland at 384-2311, or cmmcclelland@urbanaillinois.us.

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