Downtown Marion Cardinal Project reaching conclusion

A local public art initiative is reaching the point of completion.

The Downtown Marion, Inc. Cardinal Project has just one cardinal sculpture left to place in Marion’s downtown district and that will happen once a major renovation of Founders Park, located at the intersection of Church and Main streets, is completed. There are 17 cardinals representing Ohio being the 17th state admitted to the United States.

Installation began in the summer of 2021 and continued this year. The last of the 17 cardinal sculptures, called “Impression: Cardinal,” was designed and painted by Ben Kern, manager of The Guild located on West Center Street in downtown Marion. That cardinal is on temporary display at The Guild and will remain there until the Founders Park renovation work is completed.

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