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Local Sculptor Looking to Build in Claremont’s Opera House Square

A local sculptor who created a piece commemorating Claremont’s 250th anniversary is hoping to build another piece in the city – this time in the middle of Opera House Square.

Sculptor Ernest Montenegro, who built a piece located near the Pedestrian Bridge behind the Common Man Restaurant just last fall, has proposed building a steel water fountain in the middle of Opera House Square. The city council approved a $5,000 donation for the project from Cumberland Farms during Wednesday night’s meeting, though further approval from various boards and committees is still necessary before giving the project the official “go-ahead”.

Montenegro said the fountain would not require eliminating any parking spaces in the area, and that rough estimates have the project costing about $200,000. An existing fountain located in the area will not be disturbed.

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