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Posted on: June 19, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Sculpture to take summertime tumble Friday evening in honor of Tom Billionis


The Tumbler sculpture on Park Central Square will take its summertime tumble at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 in honor of The Coffee Ethic co-founder Tom Billionis, who passed away in 2016.

All revenue from Friday’s sales at The Coffee Ethic will be donated to Empowering Youth at Great Circle, a local organization that provides shelter and critical after-care services to help meet basic needs for homeless and unsafely housed youth and teens, ages birth to 18, and prepares them for success on the path ahead. This is the third year that The Coffee Ethic has hosted the #TumbleforSGF event.

“We consider this the day we give back to the community we love,” said The Coffee Ethic owner Michelle Billionis.

Local musician Justin Larkin will be performing on The Coffee Ethic’s patio beginning at 5 p.m. to coincide with the tumble.

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. The sculpture is re-oriented, or “tumbled,” seasonally.


For more information about the Tumbler, please contact Assistant Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Melissa Haase at 417-864-1003. For more information about #TumbleforSGF, please contact Cory Goode at or 417-860-0852.

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