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Martinellis Little Italy
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Leaping And Looking At Art

KSAL Staff - May 18, 2013 7:06 pm

"Hop To It" is located at the corner of Santa Fe and Walnut.

"Hop To It" is located at the corner of Santa Fe and Walnut.

Salinans strolled along Santa Fe Avenue Saturday, and took in the sights and sounds of the 3rd Annual “Sculpture Tour Salina 2013.”

Organizers unveiled 26-pieces of art dotted along Santa Fe, from Ash to Mulberry Street, giving those on foot a chance to eye the sculptures and be the first to vote for the People’s Choice Award.

As the event kicked off, “Mongo,” a steel and blown glass confection was voted Best of Show by the membered jury.

Live entertainment from solo performers and groups along with special food selections from seven downtown restaurants provided a festive backdrop to the day.

Amber Anderson from Salina was excited about the food and the art, “The cheese cake is killer at Martinelli’s and I love the turtle sculpture,” she said. “I grew up with turtles.”

The 26-new sculptures kicked off dozens of conversations, and allowed art enthusiasts to argue for their favorites.

“I like the ones that you can see instead of the abstract ones,” Tami Burton of Salina said.

President of Salina Downtown Inc., Phyll Klima tells KSAL News she was pleased with the day. “We had another great turnout, and a wonderful new collection of sculptures for visitors to enjoy,” she said.

The outdoor exhibit runs from May until April of 2014, with the public voting for “The People’s Choice Award.”

The winning piece will then be relocated to a permanent site somewhere in Salina. A new rotation of sculptures will be unveiled next May.

Sculpture Tour Salina ballots can be found downtown near the crosswalks and deposited in one of six marked ballot boxes. Voting closes December 31, 2013.