First of Merriam’s five public art installations will be dedicated next week at Merriam and Johnson Drives

"Still Time" is the first in the series of Merriam public art projects.
“Still Time” is the first in the series of Merriam public art projects.

The official unveiling will be held next week for the first project in a series of public art pieces in Merriam.

“Still Time” is a multi-sensory public art installation at the corner of Merriam and Johnson Drives in Merriam downtown. The commission for the public art sculpture, which will be the first of five place-making projects the city will fund over the next five years, was approved last year by the city council. The proposal for the second art project in the series is expected to be presented to the council next month. It will be installed at the Merriam Marketplace.

“Still Time” was created by DRAW Architecture + Urban Design, in collaboration with sound artist Paul Rudy. It features a 16-foot limestone tower, which houses a large-scale wind chime. The tower and surrounding park creates a new gathering space for Merriam residents and visitors.

The dedication of the new piece will take place at 6 p.m. July 6. The event will coincide with the city’s Wednesday Evening Farmers’ Market and Farmers & Food Trucks festivities beginning at 4 p.m. at the Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive. A variety of dinner and beverage options will be available for purchase from a number of local food trucks. This summertime happy hour celebration will also feature live music from Timberfall, and fresh produce sold by area farmers.

At 6 p.m., attendees will be encouraged to walk down to the corner of Merriam and Johnson Drives for the presentation of “Still Time.” Remarks from artist Dan Maginn and Merriam Council Member Christine Hands will introduce the new public art creation to the community and the Merriam landscape.