Wilton Center will get new art

Wilton Center will soon be home to a new piece of sculpture.

A project that has been in the works several months will come to fruition on Tuesday, Nov. 25, when a work of art donated by artist and former Wilton resident Peter Rubino will be unveiled on a piece of town-owned land on Hubbard Street. The unveiling is set for 11 a.m.

In an effort to use both permanent and changing displays of art as a means to enhance the downtown area and attract more visitors to shop and dine at local businesses, First Selectman Bill Brennan has put together an advisory committee to recommend loans or acquisitions of sculpture suitable for municipal display.

The members include Ed MacEwan, art chairman at Wilton Library, attorney Stephen Hudspeth, Pat Sesto, director of Wilton Environmental Affairs, and Department of Public Works Director Tom Thurkettle.

In a press release, Mr. Brennan said the intent is to generate financial support or a sponsor program “without involving public funds” that would bring works of art to town.

One option is a loan program, and Jeff Mueller, gallery director of the Silvermine Arts Center, has said Silvermine would be interested in such a venture that would involve changing displays by a number of artists.

The project, which has the backing of the board of directors, will proceed slowly, Mr. Brennan said, with “modest program recommendations, as there are a limited number of suitable display sites available.”

—Jeannette Ross