Saturday, October 26, 2002

Sculpture embraces character

By Tom O'Neill
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Carol Flowers (left) and Susan Kollstedt look over Clifton's newest addition at Clifton and Ludlow avenues.
(Tony Jones photo)
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The newest addition to Clifton's colorful landscape - a bronze statue honoring the neighborhood's architecture, nature and people - will be dedicated today at noon.

The statue, at the corner of Ludlow and Clifton avenues, will be the centerpiece of a $600,000 plaza and garden area.

It is funded privately, with the Cincinnati parks department getting money from that endowment to maintain the plaza.

It will be named the Matthew O'Brien Diggs III Plaza. His family was a major donor.

The plaza has been in the planning stage for nearly five years, and was originally envisioned to mark either the new millennium or the 150th anniversary of Clifton in 2000.

The eight-and-a-half-foot high statue of a woman with her arms outstretched incorporates building facades and flowers in its design, honoring the creative character of Clifton's residents. It is surrounded by a fountain.

"It's a really wonderful civil plaza, the kind that existed long ago," said Cincinnati parks superintendent Gerald Checco, who will attend today's ceremony. The sculptor, Matt Kotlarczyk, 32, of Norwood, is a 1994 graduate of University of Cincinnati.


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