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Gateway sculpture chosen: 10-foot long fish will welcome people to town

GREENFIELD — A fish named “Brookie” will take its place as Greenfield’s first Gateway sculpture, welcoming residents home and visitors to town, a little later this year.

“Thanks to the residents of Greenfield, who made the effort to vote for their favorite,” said artist John Sendelbach, who won the competition and will now create the 10-foot-long brook trout, which will sit atop a 12-foot-tall pole on Deerfield Street.

The Greenfield Gateway Sculpture Project grew out of Mayor William Martin’s idea to create “gateways” to Greenfield at all of the town’s major entry points. He said he wanted several spaces that welcomed people with a mix of aesthetics and information.

Sendelbach will use stainless cutlery to build Brookie. He plans to collect spoons, knives, forks, ladles, spatulas, cleavers, meat carving sets, cake servers, strainers, corkscrews, nutcrackers, peelers, mashers, ice cream scoops and more, from area residents.

“I wanted to involve everyone in this,” he said in an earlier interview.

Sendelbach, 46, of Shelburne Falls, who owns Metal Stone Arts, said he wanted to use cutlery because Greenfield has a rich history as the location of the first cutlery factory in the country.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected, and look forward to working with the community as we bring this project to fruition,” he said.

Greening Gateway Sculpture Committee chose Sendelbach’s and Ashfield resident Robert Markey’s sculptures as the finalists of the contest. Members said the race was “very close.”

This first sculpture will be installed in the fall on Deerfield Street in the green space where a Food and Fuel convenience story was once located near the corner of Meridian Street.

Susan Worgaftik, chairwoman of the committee, said she believes the next site that will install a sculpture will be announced and competition will begin around the time Brookie is installed.

Donated cutlery may be dropped off at the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce, 395 Main St., and Christopher’s Grinders, 55 State St. in Shelburne Falls.

Visit Greenfield Local Cultural Council’s Facebook page for regular updates.

For more information, contact Worgaftik at: suworg@comcast.net.

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