With apologies to Thornton Wilder, author of the classic play, Our Town...
“Hour Town” has been chosen by the Downtown Racine Corporation as the name for this summer's public art project, which will display large decorated wall clocks downtown.
More than 1,165 entries (an all-time high) were submitted in the Name the Event Contest. The winning name was submitted by two separate individuals – Sherri Myers Wray and Don Schmidt who are both from Racine. Each will each receive a $50 Downtown gift certificate.
DRC staff said “Hour Town” is a unique, crisp slogan that could generate interest and invoke feelings of fun for the family.
Sherri Myers Wray, with the help of her friend Jude Poplawski, also designed the logo for this year's project. (Last year, Wray won another DRC contest, naming the three barrel sculptures on Sixth Street -- Cautious Clay, Monument Ali and Gorge Foreman.)
“It is only a matter of time before we will be using many of the slogan suggestions,” said Terry Leopold, DRC’s special events coordinator, wasting no...um, time. "The clock is ticking and we are in the process of artist proposal selections. When summertime rolls around, Downtown Racine will be treated to the art of time. If this contest was any indication, "Hour Town" has proved that Racine has time to make a difference."
This is the 9th year of public art in Downtown Racine. Artists will decorate the 28” fiberglass clocks which will be on display Downtown from Memorial Day through Labor Day. On Sept. 11, the clocks will be sold via a public auction.
Clock sponsors are still being sought. The cost is $375 and all donations are tax deductible. Sponsorship packets are available at the DRC office at 425 Main St., or online.