City chooses Watertown native’s sculpture for downtown public art project

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WATERTOWN — Despite some previous controversy, the City Council on Monday unanimously agreed to choose a downtown public art project that was designed by Watertown native David O. Grieco.

Mr. Grieco, who flew in from his home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, said he was happy to be working on a sculpture that will be prominently displayed in the median on Public Square.

“It’s really exciting to be back and working in my hometown,” he said after the meeting. “I love Watertown.”

His piece was selected from a group of five finalists with other design concepts submitted to the city. A four-member committee selected his piece.

Council members had the final say on moving the art project forward. The city set aside $155,000 for the project from the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative funding awarded in 2017.

Before the vote, Councilman Cliff G. Olney III said the piece has “a wow factor” that Watertown should be proud of.

The main component of the piece is a stainless steel sculpture in the shape of an open book that sits atop a limestone base.

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