NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — Over the weekend someone installed a sculpture outside the New London Superior Courthouse. For a little while, it was a mystery. Now many know who installed it and why it has to go.
“The things you see outlined in green are public parks and we have permission from the parks commission to place works there,” said Bill Bendig as he showed News8 a map of the Sculpture Mile his non-profit the Hollycroft Foundation is installing in New London.
He thought he also had permission to install the disc shaped sculpture featuring images of cats surrounding a cat face outside the courthouse, but ends up he didn’t. The disc sits atop a pyramid.
“It’s called Catrophy,” said Bendig.
Fortunately, it wasn’t a catastrophe. Ken Hochstetler watched as it was installed Saturday from his Kamp Dog restaurant across the street.
On Wednesday, the feline inspired sculpture will be moved next to the Garde Arts Center and permission was granted by the law office next door.
The Hollycroft Foundation has installed these Sculpture Miles in Madison and now New London. This one was set to start at the courthouse and end with a snowman sculpture at the Deshon-Allyn House. Bendig was upset at first but now finds humor in the mix up.
“Its a little bit too bad because we had planned to put in two more as a matter of fact and they’ll be placed somewhere else,” said Bendig.
“The total value is someplace around a half a million dollars,” said Bendig.
All he asks from those who walk the Sculpture Mile is a note telling him what they think.
“If they don’t like something, tell us about it and if they like something that makes it feel good, too,” explains Bendig.
The Sculpture Mile officially opens to the public will a ceremony on Saturday. It’s expected to be in New London for a couple of years, but Bendig hopes that it will be part of the city for many years to come.