“We wanted it to be an ode to our community,” Castillo said. “A lot of people don’t know that we were once called the “Rose City” because we produced more roses than any other location in the world. We really felt this was something that could highlight that and bring out that history for people to learn and appreciate.”
The sculpture, funded by the Carleton Davidson Trust, was designed by Cincinnati Sculptor James Perkins and is the first piece of a multi-year project to rehab and restore parts of Snyder park, Castillo said.
She explained that the project will include prairie areas, meadows, a wetland, a wildlife viewing area, trails for individuals to explore and boardwalks.
“We really wanted (the park) to be a passive place where people can come and enjoy nature and view the wildlife that is here,” Castillo said.
She added that the sculpture is a “nice piece” to tie the Snyder Park Gardens and Arboretum and future projects together.