Temporary public art comes to downtown

Chad Frey
cfrey@thekansan.com

“I love it. It speaks so much volume, complexity and community,” sad Larry Alexander, who watched at large Rubik’s Cube being installed in the city park by the Newton train station at Fifth and Main.

It derinately drew attention Friday as a group of volunteers put in the public art installation that was supposed to be displayed at the Sand Creek Summer Daze — a festival originally scheduled for this weekend by canceled due to Pandemic COVID-19.

The cube will be in place through the weekend, then removed, to promote the 2021 edition of the festival which is scheduled for second week July.

“We are trying to get people to Newton and people to stop. We want people to say ’did you see what is happening in Newton?” said Greg Hanson, president of the Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival board.

Manager of B&B Lumber, his business and Newell Construction partnered to construct the cube that was to be part of the 2020 Festival.

It will now be on display in downtown Newton through Monday. Those who post selfie photos with the cube, and tag Sand Creek Summer Daze Festival on Facebook, will be entered to win passes to the 2021 festival.

“You have to commend the city, they allowed us to do this here,” Hanson said.