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Tumbler Sculpture on Square Gets a Facelift of Sorts

City of Springfield

  After this morning, the brown steel sculpture on Park Central Square will look a little different.

What’s regarded as Springfield’s first modern art piece will get its annual springtime rotation by workers with the city’s Public Works Department at 7:30 am, and the public is invited to watch.

The sculpture was created by sculptor Aris Demetrios.  It was installed on the square in 1971.  In recent years it was discovered that the piece was intended to be re-oriented or “tumbled” every season to create a new piece of art.

The creation of the Tumbler was funded by arts patron, Mrs. Monroe Swyers who reportedly donated $15,000, according to Springfield city officials.

Demetrios said that barely covered the cost of the steel to make it.