~ As the summer season approaches, the public is invited to witness a special rotation of the iconic Tumbler sculpture on Park Central Square. The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21 and is expected to draw a large crowd.

This quarterly rotation of the Tumbler is a unique task for the Public Works crews, but this time it coincides with the eighth annual Tumble for SGF event. Hosted by the Coffee Ethic from 6-10 p.m., this event aims to raise awareness and celebrate this one-of-a-kind sculpture while also raising funds for a cause. This year, a portion of the proceeds raised by the Coffee Ethic on June 21 will be donated to Better Block Springfield.

According to Eric Claussen, Assistant Director of Public Works, rotating the Tumbler every season offers viewers a fresh perspective of this downtown icon. He also expressed excitement about having this seasonal rotation coincide with a community event, stating that it is a win-win situation in their efforts to support public art and activate public spaces.

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The Tumbler was created by renowned sculptor Aris Demetrios and was installed on Park Central Square in 1971. It is considered as Springfield's first piece of modern art and has become an important part of the city's landscape. In recent years, it was discovered that the sculpture was meant to be re-oriented or "tumbled" every season to create a new piece of art. The creation of the Tumbler was made possible by an arts patron known as "Mrs. Monroe Swyers," who reportedly donated $15,000 for its construction. However, Demetrios revealed that this amount barely covered the cost of steel needed to make it.

The upcoming rotation of the Tumbler is expected to attract many visitors who are eager to see this unique piece of art in its new position. It is also an opportunity for the community to come together and support a good cause while appreciating the beauty of public art.

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