Public can view models of the three final designs for the Oilworker Monument

The public can get a look at the three finalists for the design of the Oilworker Monument in a few days while the monument committee gets ready to choose the final design for the bronze memorial to be dedicated in October 2010 as part of Taft’s 100th birthday Oildorado Celebration.

The three maquettes (small models of the final work) will be on display on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Cougar Room of the Taft College Library.

The committee will be meeting earlier in the day with the three finalists for the construction of the monument and will vote on March 4 to choose the final design.

A formal groundbreaking is in the planning stages. The monument will be constructed along the Rails to Trails path near the intersection of Sixth Street and Supply Row.

The committee has been at work for well over a year, actively planning the monument, considering potential artists and fundraising for the project, which will will cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The actual selection of the design and the groundbreaking will be milestones in the project, which was conceived by Vic Killingsworth, who chairs the monument committee.

The committee met with several prospective artists who were considered for the monument and narrowed the field down to the three finalists – Benjamin Victor, Roy Swann and Victor Payne.

The three finalists will meet with the committee on Feb. 28 and show off their maquettes before the public viewing.