WINONA LAKE – Three of the four sculpture pieces to be placed along the north leg of Winona Lake’s Heritage Trail have been funded via private donations, according to the latest information from the Winona Art Commission.

This newest portion of the trail runs from the south leg of the Heritage Trail north to the east side of the Grace College campus.

The Arts Commission has been working for more than a year to secure locations, sculpture designs, participating artists and funding for artwork along the new section of the trail.

Each of the new sculptures will represent a portion of the history of Winona Lake. Three of the pieces have now been funded by private donors.  

The first is Winona/Eagle Lake, a sculpture was created by Andy Tomasik. It consists of three ceramic pillars that represent the fall, winter and spring seasons on Winona Lake.

A second sculpture, commemorating evangelist Billy Sunday and the Billy Sunday Tabernacle, created by Ben Solee, is titled “Perpetual Fire” and is an aluminum piece that is a representation of “The Fire of the Spirit” that was present in Billy Sunday’s preaching, the release states.

Throughout the years, a series of watercraft bearing the name “Winona Queen” carried tourists and celebrities around the waters of Winona Lake. Solee has created a third sculpture representing the Winona Queen that will allow children of all ages to interact with the piece.

The fourth sculpture, that has not yet been funded, represents the Miami and the Potawatomi Indian tribes. These two tribes occupied the southern and eastern shores of Winona Lake until being forcibly removed by the U.S. government in 1838. Treaties opened the way for the first white settlers and, eventually, for the Beyer Brothers to found a town in 1881.

Steve Perry has submitted a proposal for the fourth sculpture that portrays various aspects of Indian life in Winona including a wolf, horse, Indian chief with headdress and a canoe.

The Winona Art Commission is seeking funding of $8,000 for this fourth sculpture.  This includes the artist’s fee as well as signage and a memorial bench to be placed with the sculpture.

The commission is chaired by Winona town councilman Rick Swaim, and the other members are Martha Beeson, Al Disbro, Retha Hicks, Joy Lohse and Terry White.

Anyone interested in receiving more information about funding this fourth sculpture piece representing the Miami and Potawatomi Indians should contact Swaim at 574-267-7581 or stop by the Town of Winona Lake Office at 1310 Park Ave.