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Glen Ellyn Receives Outdoor Sculpture

Glen Ellyn, IL – The Village of Glen Ellyn is pleased to announce the relocation of a sculpture at College of DuPage (COD) to Village property. The outdoor sculpture named Conduit 15 is now located about a mile from the College campus at Panfish Park in the Village.

The sculpture no longer had a home with the College’s renovation, so COD’s President Dr. Robert Breuder asked Village Manager Mark Franz if the piece could be transferred to the Village. An anonymous donation paid for the moving and landscaping costs, and Conduit 15 by noted local sculptor Mike Baur found its way to the Village Arboretum at Panfish Park.

“The Village thanks the College and the donor very much,” said Franz. “The sculpture will be officially accepted at the Village’s Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, May 12. In addition, the Village will be reopening the Village Arboretum and planting a tree to honor past Village Presidents. The nine living Village Presidents have been invited to attend.” The brief ceremony, starting at 9 a.m., should take no more than 30 minutes.

“Like the Village’s Floral Clock and the Fountain, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” stated Village President Mark Pfefferman. “Unlike those, this piece was free to taxpayers. Outdoor artwork is a benefit to the community,” said Pfefferman, adding his thanks to the College and the donor.

Mr. Baur created Conduit 15 in 1986. The College purchased the work in 1991 for $19,000. A 2006 appraisal valued the sculpture at $25,000. Mr. Baur is best known for his architectural scale concrete and steel public sculptures, including Aquifer, located at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Building in Springfield, IL.

The Village has put together a short quiz and survey regarding Conduit 15 and outdoor art throughout Glen Ellyn. To access the survey, please go to www.glenellyn.org and click on “Survey Corner.”

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