Columbia Basin College looks for artist to design veterans monument

By Ty Beaver, Tri-City HeraldApril 15, 2013 

The Columbia Basin College Foundation has started looking for an artist to design a veterans monument for its Pasco campus.

Officials said they'll accept proposals for the monument, expected to cost as much as $75,000, until May 20. Where it will be erected has yet to be determined.

CBC President Rich Cummins said some of the details of the project have yet to be decided, but that the college is eager to show its support of its veteran student population.

"We're a G.I.-friendly school," he told the Herald.

Roughly 500 students at CBC are military veterans. College officials have taken increasing measures to reach out to them. CBC shares a psychologist with Washington State University Tri-Cities, who serves student veterans thanks to a program through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

CBC's planned monument follows in the footsteps of WSU Tri-Cities. A bronze sculpture designed by local artist Tom McClelland was installed near the East building last summer.

Criteria for CBC's monument includes historical, emotional or inspirational impact, a background in designing public art from the artist, and the ability of the monument to last through the years.

Cummins said the project's criteria don't require any specific type of monument. It could be a "living monument" such as a garden or a sculpture of some kind.

"It could be anything, really," he said.

The winning proposal will be announced on June 10. Officials hope to have it installed by Nov. 11, on Veterans Day, but no later than the same time in 2014.

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