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Posted on: September 18, 2018

Square sculpture takes autumn tumble Friday at 7:30 a.m.

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Public Works Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey encourages interested citizens to come down to Park Central Square at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21 for the autumn rotation of the Tumbler, Springfield’s first piece of modern art. Grab some coffee and watch a Public Works crew put a new spin on this familiar downtown landmark.


About the Tumbler

Created by sculptor Aris Demetrios, The Tumbler was installed on the square in 1971 and is regarded as Springfield's first piece of modern art. It was discovered in recent years that the sculpture was intended to be re-oriented, or “tumbled,” every season to create a new piece of art. Creation of the Tumbler was funded by an arts patron identified as "Mrs. Monroe Swyers," who reportedly donated $15,000. Demetrios said that barely covered the cost of steel to make it.

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For more information, contact Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at kmilam@springfieldmo.gov or 573-819-3713. 

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