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A nine-foot corn sculpture will be placed at the entryway of the plaza on Sixth Avenue just south of the Corn Palace. Pictured is the sculpture design. (Evan Hendershot / Republic)

Corn sculpture earns council approval

A $19,300, 9-foot tall corn sculpture was approved on Monday, marking the latest piece to be added onto the Sixth Avenue plaza project south of the Corn Palace.

The project was approved by a 7-1 vote, with Councilman Mel Olson voting against the project with the hopes it could be reconsidered after the plaza project is completed in September.

Councilman Marty Barington said the entrance to the plaza is the right site for the sculpture, but Olson was still uncertain.

“I understand what you’re saying, but I don’t buy pictures to hang in my house until the house is built,” Olson said.

The large corn-shaped sculpture will be created by Mitchell-based Bailey Metal Fabrications and would be part of the overall $876,000 budget for the project, although Councilman Jeff Smith noted most of the project costs are for infrastructure work needed at the site.

And Smith closed the discussion to speak in favor of the plan.

“I actually like the design and I think it ties in very well, and also the fact that we've got a speciality type vendor in town that’s able to construct this is really neat,” Smith said.