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Posted on: March 1, 2023

Call for cemetery sculpture proposals

columbarium at cemetery

The City of Batavia is seeking proposals from artists to create a public artwork to adorn the new columbarium at Batavia’s west cemetery along Illinois Route 31.

According to city officials, the sculpture work will become a woven part of the fabric of the cemetery and will remain in place for at least the next century.

“The sculpture should present a timeless design that reflects a level of reverence, honor and dignity befitting of those who rest within the cemetery,” said Gary Holm, the City’s Public Works Director.

The columbarium, a structure for interring remains behind personalized, engraved niches, was added to the west cemetery in 2021. It is visible from Rt. 31 and within steps of the cemetery’s military war memorial. The sculpture will be located atop the columbarium structure and visible from most areas of the cemetery.

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