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February 13th, 2012
Public invited to meet Crossroads sculpture finalists

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The city has invited the public to meet the artists, view designs and offer comments this week regarding the Crossroads Project, which will involve the design and construction of a sculpture commemorating President Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King at the intersection of LBJ and MLK Drives in San Marcos.

The event will be held Thursday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, located at 501 E. Hopkins.

Selected finalists are coLab Studio, LLC of Tempe, AZ; Aaron Hussey of Baton Rouge, LA.; and the team of O’Connell-Hancock of Tucson, AZ.

They were selected by a special arts committee out of 54 proposals from across the nation to create the “Crossroads” memorial to President Lyndon Baines Johnson and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the intersection of LBJ and MLK Drives in San Marcos.

“We believe San Marcos is unique in having streets commemorating President Johnson and Dr. King that actually intersect,” said San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero. “The Crossroads Project will be a lasting monument to the significant contributions of both to the progress of Civil Rights in the United States.”

Following individual proposal presentations by each artist and gathering of public input, the selection committee will meet to pick the project artist.

The 11-member committee includes Roger Colombik, Kevin Huffaker, Diann McCabe, Andrew Freeman, Oscar Hairell, Heather Powdrill, Robin Wood, Chris Jones, Linda Kelsey-Jones, Ed Mihalkanin and Marty Stump.

The city has acquired 248 square feet at the southeast corner of LBJ and MLK for the sculpture. The Crossroads Committee has been working since 2008 to plan and raise funds for the project.

The city and Crossroads Committee have raised $107,000 for the project, including funding of $100,000 from the City Arts Commission plus donations from more than 70 contributors.

“The LBJ-MLK intersection is truly a crossroads,” said Diann McCabe, chair of the Crossroads Committee. “The crossroads link two significant leaders who changed the history of our nation and connect historic neighborhoods of our community. And in the future, this area will connect passenger rail to the downtown and the university.”

President Johnson graduated from Texas State University in 1930 when it was called Southwest Texas Teachers College. His college years in San Marcos are commemorated in the LBJ Museum of San Marcos on the Courthouse Square a couple of blocks from the intersection.

The African American heritage of San Marcos is celebrated in the Dunbar Historic District, the Johnnie Armstead Calaboose African American History Museum and the developing Eddie Durham Park, named for the famed jazz musician, all located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.

Celebrating the Hispanic culture of San Marcos is the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, located at the corner Lee St. and South LBJ Drive the other arm of the intersecting crossroads.

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