September 10, 2009
Chairs today, gone tomorrow...
Together again ... for almost the last time.
Racine's 2009 Summer Art Project's Adirondack chairs -- formally known as the Sunny and Chair Summer '09 Tour -- came together in Monument Square Thursday afternoon, a prelude to Saturday's auction which will split them up forever.
The 55 chairs that have been displayed Downtown all summer were collected from around Downtown, in preparation for the sale Saturday afternoon. They will go on display in Monument Square at 2 p.m. and the voice auction begins at 3 p.m. to raise funds for the Downtown Racine Corporation which puts the arts project together each year. Auction details are here.
Terry Leopold, right, DRC's director of special events, has high hopes for the auction -- in part based on the interest the chairs received all summer and also because of the chairs' ... well, usefulness. The most successful of the summer art project auctions have been the first one, dogs, and the lighthouses. Least successful: the spheres and bears. "People didn't know what to do with them -- and they were so big," Leopold recalled.
But the chairs... well, besides being beautiful, you can sit in them! There will be 18 sold at voice auction, and 37 via silent auction. Prices begin at $350.