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Public art installation planned for Bella Vista Public Library

Members of the Bella Vista Arts Council are pleased to announce a collaboration with the Bella Vista Library Foundation for a new public art installation – six lightning bug sculptures – to be located at the Bella Vista Public Library.

Created by local artist Tom Flynn, these sculptures in his creative production of found object metal art have captured the whimsy of the lightning bug. Flynn has been doing found object metal art for the last 15 years. He lives in Rogers, Ark., where he works as a lighting and electrical designer. His lightning bug sculptures are displayed at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library in Little Rock, Ark., and in downtown Rogers. Chiggers, eight individual sculptures, are mounted on the side of the historic Ron Robinson Theater in the Little Rock River Market area, and a Pterodactyl sculpture is installed in the tap room at Fossil Cove brewing in Fayetteville, Ark.

The library’s recent expansion was designed by Marlon Blackwell and is finally completed. It is truly a landmark and a must see with floor to ceiling windows and inspiring architectural elements. A beautifully landscaped garden area was created by Kathy and Dan Jeffrey and is a thoughtful display of flora and fauna that complements the surrounding natural landscape. The Bella Vista Public Library has been fondly called “the little gem in the woods.” It is a perfect location to display Flynn’s sculptures.

Who hasn’t chased a blinking firefly on a warm summer night? Inspiring poets, scientists and the childlike wonder in all of us, some would argue it is the most beloved insect. 

Educational programming entitled “Lightning Bug Nights” will be a wholesome gathering of children and adults taking us back to an earlier nostalgic time of picnic blankets, s’mores and stories told under the stars. Programming may include story book reading, acoustic music and simple food reminiscent of childhood, in celebration of Flynn’s sculptures and what they mean for Bella Vista, its families and the newly renovated library.

The fundraising initiative for the six sculptures is $3000. Each sculpture is 24 inches in length and weighs 12 pounds. Life-like in its replication, each sculpture features a blinking yellow LED light bulb which will be activated at sundown.

The Bella Vista Arts Council strives to foster a thriving arts community in Bella Vista through advocacy, appreciation, education and support. The Council serves as a principal facilitator for the arts in Bella Vista and the source for guidance and recommendations to the Bella Vista Mayor and City Council. For additional information on this fundraising effort and how you can help with the purchase of lightning bug sculptures, please contact Demara Titzer, council president, at artscouncil@bellavistaar.gov or arts council member Sharon Wynegar at redheadinco@yahoo.com.

Donations for the project can be sent to the Bella Vista Library Foundation, 11 Dickens Place, Bella Vista, AR 72714. Please designate the donation is for the lightening bug sculptures.