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Public asked to help choose Prineville roundabout artwork

Prineville roundabout art Greg Congleton
One of five options presented in online survey for sculpture to be placed in Prineville''s Tom McCall Roundabout

Online survey for five options that share the Western style for city's gateway

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) -- Now that Prineville's first roundabout is open and a local sculptor has been chosen for its center artwork, the public is being asked in an online survey to vote for its favorite among five choices for the piece.

The online survey, available at this link until Feb. 3, comes two years after an initial survey by the Tom McCall Roundabout Feature Committee that asked community members what kind of art they'd like to see in the traffic circle at the intersection of state Highway 126 and Tom McCall Road.

"The feature will be designed using recycled metal and positioned in the roundabout as a gateway to Prineville," the survey's introduction states.

Sculptor Greg Congleton has offered up five options in conceptual renderings, all fitting the chosen Western theme: a bronc rider (base or no base), a girl riding a horse, a man leading a horse or a mare and foal.

Congleton also designed the "Maverick" mustang sculpture in Prineville's City Plaza.

Once the votes are tallied, they'll be shared with the committee and help with its recommendation to the Prineville City Council and Crook County Court.

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  1. Horses, broncs, and cow-folk are hardly a clear representation of the Prineville experience. Might I suggest a statue depicting a pack of coyotes feeding on a downed stag. The coyotes representing the cunning and predatory outsiders (from Portland, Bend, and out of state) that came to Prineville to feed off the local bounty of jobs and opportunity- while never giving anything back.

    Obviously blood sucking leeches would be more appropriate- but I’m afraid they would be confused with stones or pieces of tree-bark… both of which hold more value than what we’ve seen infiltrate our small rural town.

    1. Prineville has always been a great little town. I know things are changing everywhere
      but thanks to the giant monstrosities that facebook and apple built, it changed at an accelerated pace. I’m glad they are trying to keep a reminder of what Prineville used
      to be, unlike most of the ridiculous things they put in the roundabouts in Bend.
      There are a couple of them that have deer statues and those are nice, but a lot of them
      look like they took what they had laying around the shop and welded it up.

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