If you’re in downtown Hannibal in the coming weeks, new sculptures marking the Bicentennial will be something officials at the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau said you should keep an eye out for.
The ‘Bicentennial Beacons’ are dozens sculptures made from a wooden base that local artists and organizations such as the Hannibal Arts Council have been working on.
Officials at the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau said they encourage the artists to disassemble, paint, carve, or even torch the beacons to craft their own statement which will act like a beacon for the Bicentennial.
“Like the lighthouse showing the way, this is a beaconing, a sign of hope, a celebration, so that’s why we’re calling them the bicentennial beacons,” said Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Gail Bryant.
If you’re interesting in participating, HCVB officials said to call them at (573) 221-2477 as there are still beacons left to be claimed.
The first beacons will start popping up in businesses in Hannibal in the coming weeks, with more appearing outside in public places in the spring.