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The public is invited to help select one of four proposed fountain designs that could replace the more than 100-year-old Confederate monument removed from a Helena park last year.

The Equity Fountain Project committee will display the designs along with artist statements from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Holter Museum of Art. The community will be able to vote for their favorites at the event.

"The Equity Fountain Project seeks to select a design that captures core values of the Helena community, ones which the committee believes transcend community activities and values shared with the Helena citizenry," Ron Waterman, founder of the Equity Fountain Project, wrote in a recent letter to the editor. "Those core values include equity and equality, diversity, respect, generosity, compassion, tolerance, service, peace and justice."

If approved by Helena city officials, the new fountain would be installed in Hill Park next year, following a public fundraising campaign. 

The original granite fountain memorializing Confederate soldiers was removed on Aug. 18, 2017, in response to a national epidemic of violence sparked by racial animus in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Equity Fountain Project
Equity Fountain Project

The design presented Monday night to the Helena city commission is titled “Sphere of Interconnectedness.”

Equity Fountain Project
Equity Fountain Project

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Thom Bridge can be reached at Thom.bridge@helenair.com

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