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Logistics delay sculpture exhibit in downtown Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — Supporters consider it an idea whose time had come. But art enthusiasts awaiting the grand unveiling of downtown Brooksville's CitySCULPT project will have to wait a little longer.

Originally scheduled to debut Oct. 5 in conjunction with the city's Founders Week celebration, the sidewalk sculpture gallery has hit a few unexpected snags due to delays in securing some of the spots where the sculptures will be placed, and won't likely be ready for public viewing until early November, said Michael Heard, event chairwoman for the Brooksville Vision Foundation, which is sponsoring the project with the city.

"We were probably a little bit overzealous in our plans," Heard said. "We have the artists and sculptures lined up, but we still need to get a final okay on some of the locations. I'm learning that you just can't rush these kinds of things."

The yearlong exhibit will feature 10 sculptures created by Florida artists and placed on public and private land, primarily within in a four-block area bordered by Liberty Street and Fort Dade, Lemon and Brooksville avenues. However, because the sculptures will be mounted on permanent 4-foot square concrete pads, building permits will have to be approved and issued before they can be installed.

Heard, who also is chairwoman of the annual Florida Blueberry Festival, said she had hoped to at least have the sculpture exhibit ready to go by the weekend of the Brooksville Cycling Classic, on Oct. 19 and 20, but decided this week that there wasn't enough time to coordinate the effort with race organizers.

The postponement also means a delay in plans for two fundraising events that were scheduled to be held at Hernando Park on the day the sculptures were to be unveiled.

Heard said that she will announce a new unveiling date soon.

"I know it's disappointing for people who have been looking forward to it," she said. "But we want to make certain that everything is going to be ready to go as smoothly as we can make it go."

Logan Neill can be reached at lneill@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1435.

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