project leader
Jenny S
location
173 Hill Street
(Wetumpka, Alabama)
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the project

The Tulotoma Snail Trail will be the primary placemaking piece in a series of downtown art installments. Sculptures, murals and other art pieces will accompany signage detailing the unique history of downtown Wetumpka, as well as give shape to our ever-evolving identity. This project will help revitalize our historic business district by generating foot traffic and bringing attention to our beauty and one-of-a-kind personality, helping to improve the quality of life for all of our community.

The Tulotoma magnifica, otherwise known as the Tulotoma river snail, is indigenous to the winding Coosa River that flows through the middle of our quaint town. Once endangered, through flow restoration and water quality improvements, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service downlisted Tulotoma magnifica to threatened, making it the first species of mollusk to recover from the brink of extinction due to rebounding populations. Tulotoma magnifica continues to be a protected animal and remains an important part of the area's aquatic biodiversity.

The implementation of the "snail trail" will get people moving and living downtown again, strengthening local businesses and bringing vibrancy back to what was once the heart of our community. This comprehensive project will celebrate the stories, both told and untold, and also highlight our city center's eye-pleasing architectural elements. In doing so, people throughout the entire region will enjoy a revitalized downtown.

 

the steps

1. Phase One: Three concrete river snail sculptures, with accompanying signage, will be implemented to tell the history of the a) Tulotoma Snail, b) Fall Line, and c) historic business district of downtown Wetumpka. Additional murals and historic signage will also be added referencing other remarkable stories of our downtown.

2. Second Phase: Once given final approval, a friendly, playful bridge troll, also known as the "Guardian of the Snail," will be sculpted on-site under the Bibb Graves Bridge adjacent to the bridge walkway. In order to highlight the history of the iconic bridge, additional signange will accompany the art piece.

3. Third Phase: Once locations are determined, two additional sculptures illustrating the history of the Wetumpka Impact Crater, as well as the Creek Indians, will be added to points along the snail trail.

why we're doing it

The overarching objective of gaining foot traffic and generating interest in our downtown is our primary goal. However, our downtown area has been the site of an overwhelming amount of significant (albeit unusual) history, and we want to share its story with a community we are confident will embrace it.

Through the years, our downtown has become less frequented, despite the fact that a remarkable amount of traffic consistently flows through it. We hope to help business owners and inspire growth by catching the interest of these passers-by to motivate them to linger longer in downtown.

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and we plan to instill a sense of joy, pride and affection for our downtown by allowing the Tulotoma Snail Trail, a friendly bridge troll and other art pieces to introduce the public to and educate it about our once-threatened Tulotoma snail, as well as other significant and impactful historic events of our downtown area. We will accomplish this by preserving the integrity and history of our town through art.

budget

Disbursed Budget (5/23/17)
 
Raised = $11,000.00
less ioby Platform Fee $35.00
less ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $319.37
Total to disburse = $10,645.63
 
Materials for signage outlining history and significance of snail
sculptures and subsequent sculptures = $2500.63
 
Prep work materials to ready walls and other layouts where artwork will be
implemented = $500
 
Fiberglass castable mold and treatment of snail sculptures = $1250
 
Paintbrushes, exterior paint and other wall mural materials for six mural
locations = $2000
 
Compensation for local artists’ design work on sculptures, murals and
coordinating digital graphics= $750
 
Security equipment and installation to help maintain safety and integrity
of art history pieces and signage = $1250
 
Equipment rental needed to apply mural to two- to three-story buildings =
$750
 
Groundwork materials needed, i.e., sod, pea gravel, seating, etc., to
cultivate space in downtown for snail sculpture involving business district
timeline $1645
 
=$10,645.63
 
 
Updated Budget (May 10, 2017)
Materials for signage outlining history and significance of snail
sculptures and subsequent sculptures = $2500
 
Prep work materials to ready walls and other layouts where artwork will be
implemented = $500
 
Fiberglass castable mold and treatment of snail sculptures = $500
 
Paintbrushes, exterior paint and other wall mural materials for six mural
locations = $1925
 
Compensation for local artists’ design work on sculptures, murals and
coordinating digital graphics= $750
 
Security equipment and installation to help maintain safety and integrity
of art history pieces and signage = $1750
 
Equipment rental needed to apply mural to two- to three-story buildings =
$750
 
Groundwork materials needed, i.e., sod, pea gravel, seating, etc., to
cultivate space in downtown for snail sculpture involving business district
timeline $1000
 
Subtotal = 9,675
 
ioby Platform Fee $35
 
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $290
 
Total to raise = $10,000
 
 
Original Budget
Materials for signage outlining history and significance of snail
sculptures and subsequent sculptures = $2500
 
Prep work materials to ready walls and other layouts where artwork will be
implemented = $500
 
Fiberglass castable mold and treatment of snail sculptures = $500
 
Paintbrushes, exterior paint and other wall mural materials for six mural
locations = $2250
 
Compensation for local artists’ design work on sculptures, murals and
coordinating digital graphics= $750
 
Security equipment and installation to help maintain safety and integrity
of art history pieces and signage = $1750
 
Equipment rental needed to apply mural to two- to three-story buildings =
$750
 
Groundwork materials needed, i.e., sod, pea gravel, seating, etc., to
cultivate space in downtown for snail sculpture involving business district
timeline $1000
 
Subtotal = $10,000
 
ioby Platform Fee = $35
 
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) = $300
 
Total to raise = $10,335

 

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donors

  • Bethany Elliott
  • Tom M.
  • Foxy
  • Wetumpka Fine Arts Club
  • Suzanne Krejcar
  • A Chance to Dance, LLC
  • PrimeSouth Bank
  • Three Seasons Art League
  • Dickie & Joy Blondheim
  • Mayor and Mrs. Jerry Willis
  • Bill and Ann L.
  • Maureen
  • Travis & Lynn Weldon
  • yoga4Him
  • Erin & Matt Rogers
  • Anonymous
  • Belyn Richardson ReMax Cornerstone Realty
  • Carol Hickman
  • Lynda Fain
  • Dennis Fain
  • Anonymous
  • An old fossil
  • June and Jerry Carpenter
  • Regina B Edwards, P.C.
  • Sandy P.
  • Jim Williams
  • Anonymous
  • Joshua E.
  • Singleton's Alignment & Muffler Service, LLC
  • Charlotte & Mabrey Whetstone
  • Jacob and Donna E.
  • Jay Stubbs
  • Jonathan & Debi Dean
  • Elmore I. DeMott
  • Unplugged, Inc.
  • Johnny Oates
  • Anonymous
  • Stephen L Mitchell
  • Anonymous
  • Marylon Barkan
  • Dennis Fain
  • Frios Gourmet Pops
  • J. David Robison
  • Heritage Group

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