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Public art additions help boost community appeal.

Public art additions help boost community appeal.

More art now graces downtown Garden City.

A couple of new additions were in the spotlight during a dedication ceremony Friday in Garden City, as citizens had an opportunity to learn more about separate works of art dubbed "Wind Fire" and "Starburst."

The kinetic metal sculptures "Wind Fire" and "Starburst" were given to the city of Garden City by the artists — Rusty Burgardt of Garden City and Jim LaPaso of Kyle, Texas, respectively — as part of a venture by the Friends of Garden City Arts.

The two pieces are situated in Garden City's historic downtown district, with "Wind Fire" on display at the corner of Main and Pine streets, and "Starburst" located in the 300 block of Main Street.

They're both interesting and engaging. Kinetic art depends on movement for added effect, so both metal sculptures should be all the more captivating as the wind blows.

In dedicating the new sculptures last week, Garden City Mayor Dan Fankhauser was correct in noting how the arts and an inviting downtown district both play a part in helping Garden City become even more of a regional destination.

Progressive communities rightly recognize how a variety of art endeavors improve local quality of life — from displays of public art to concerts, theater and other artistic offerings.

Creative art displays also show visitors that residents care about their home and want to show off its style and spirit.

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, public art helps tell local stories. Whether it's a collection of murals, statues, fountains or other works, such art says a lot about a community: where it's been, where it hopes to go, what makes it unique and what makes it tick.

The new metal sculptures downtown were just the latest in a series of public art projects launched in recent years throughout the city.

Consider the new kinetic metal sculptures in downtown Garden City more proof of how public art can enrich a community.

And, credit the local arts council and regional artists who produce interesting, thought-provoking pieces for doing their part in making Garden City more appealing.

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