Come next spring Hattiesburg will be a city full of swans. The Area Development Partnership project is called "Festival of Swans," and its presenting sponsor is Women's Services of Forrest General Hospital.
"Festival of Swans" is a cultural project designed to place large swan sculptures throughout greater Hattiesburg. The sculptures will be five feet tall by five feet long and 3 1/2 feet wide. They will be made of a heavy-duty fiberglass material and then painted and decorated.
Sponsorships for the sculptures are $2,500. Sponsors will own the sculptures and can choose themes and select the decorating artists.
Other components of the project will be educational, like swan-themed books for children and a student art competition.
"We see this as a way to drive home the message that quality of life is not lip service in economic development, but it's a key and core aspect and we feel the 'Festival of Swans' is something we can do to contribute to our community," says ADP President Angie Godwin.