Street art' to stand guard in Ti

TICONDEROGA - A corps of colonial soldiers will stand guard in Ticonderoga this summer.

The Ticonderoga Montcalm Street Partnership's promotion committee is planning a "street art" project on Montcalm Street. The project calls for sponsors to finance 6-foot, 2-inch wooden soldier cut-outs to be decorated by area artists and displayed along both sides of the street from the Liberty Monument to the Heritage Museum.

The unpainted soldier cut-outs are being crafted by George DeMers of Adirondack Furniture by George at 113 Montcalm St.

"Strictly for this TMSP project, DeMers is offering a special price of $40 a sponsor for the unpainted soldier cut-out," said Sue Rathbun, chairwoman of TMSP. "Normally, he sells his painted soldiers for $160."

Interested sponsors may view the soldier examples at DeMers' downtown store.

"Already, upon hearing about the project by word of mouth, over a dozen sponsors have indicated they will participate," Rathbun said. "TMSP is also willing to coordinate interested sponsors with artist volunteers who have indicated willingness to help.

"The street art project will be similar to the projects featured in Saratoga, Brandon, and Bennington, Vt., where artists have decorated everything from fiberglass horses to moose and pigs," she added. "TMSP promotion committee volunteers thought it most fitting for Ticonderoga's main street and important gateway to Fort Ticonderoga to be lined with wooden soldiers."

In the fall, all painted soldiers will be auctioned off at a social event with the proceeds to benefit future TMSP art projects and other downtown improvements, Rathbun said.

For more information or to participate as a project sponsor or artist, contact Rathbun at 585-2244 or Sandie Bolton at 505-5213. Information is also available online at www.timainstreet.org

Sponsor checks should be made payable to George DeMers and dropped off at Rathbun Jewelers in order to keep track of all entries.

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