A design competition was held in which seven sculptors competed for the honor of having their work selected to crown the dome. By 1901 a proposal was finally submitted to Winslow Brothers Foundry of Chicago to cast the 16-foot statue. Word soon circulated and many balked at the high price for what some considered such a non-essential item.
Others criticized the idea of choosing to honor a Roman pagan goddess.
Aligned events activating the spine of Crown Street provide the opportunity for other texts, not included on the artwork, to be presented.
It is expected that the ‘changing of the letters’ will become a highly anticipated event in the area, as new local narratives are ceremoniously revealed to the public.
Late in 1988 a design competition was held from which three finalists were selected.