The following is information extracted from a press release from the office of the First Selectman of Wilton.

Peter Rubino, an internationally recognized sculptor, author and lecturer has generously gifted an original sculpture piece to the Town of Wilton.

Approximately nine months ago, Rubino–a friend and resident of Wilton at the time–was aware that the town had interest in developing a municipal sculpture program for Wilton Center. He was very supportive of the idea and indicated that he might like to participate. Rubino offered to gift to the Town an original sculpture piece to help the program get started.

First selectman Bill Brennan asked Ed MacEwen, art chairman of the Wilton Library, and attorney Steve Hudspeth to offer pro-bono advice in their areas of expertise. Pat Sesto, director of environmental affairs and Tom Thurkettle, director of the department of public works, were also recruited to help on this project. The goal of this small advisory group is to develop a municipal sculpture recommendation that will address suitable objectives for obtaining, selecting and displaying acquired or loaned sculpture pieces for Wilton Center.

“Recognizing that this is a worthwhile, but not essential endeavor, the challenge is to develop a program that would motivate financial support or a sponsor program without involving public funds to enable the acquisition of sculpture pieces or to develop a sculpture loan program that would enable sculptors to display pieces for a period of time,” Brennan writes in the press release.

Jeff Mueller, gallery director of the Silvermine Arts Center has confirmed that Silvermine would be interested in collaborating with the Town of Wilton in a loan program, where pieces could be on display for a specific time and then replaced with other pieces, keeping sculpture displays fresh and the streetscape interesting as changes occur.

“The Board of Selectmen are very supportive of this project, which we hope will make our community more interesting and potentially attract visitors to shop and dine in the village area,” Brennan writes.

The initial site selected for Rubino’s sculpture is on Hubbard St. on a small piece of vacant Town-owned property, adjacent to a pedestrian sidewalk with considerable foot traffic. This site and plans were approved by the Village District Committee.

“The goal is to proceed slowly and to develop modest program recommendations, as there are a limited number of suitable display sites available,” Brennan adds.

Rubino’s sculpture will be unveiled and dedicated on Nov. 25 at 11 a.m., and the public is welcomed to attend.

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