When “Dial 911,” a sculpture by artist George Greenamyer, was unveiled outside Wilmington’s Public Safety Building on Walnut Street in 1988, it got a mixed reaction — mostly because the miniature fire engine, mounted officer and various first responders looked like toys on parade.
Of course, over the years, it became part of the city, that somewhat kitschy tribute to public safety and the 1980s. When it disappeared from its Walnut Street location, it left a bit of a void.
If you miss the “Dial 911” sculpture, there’s good news: The City of Wilmington has donated it to The Delaware Children’s Museum, where it will be on display in its new Hallway of Helpers exhibit.
We couldn’t think of a better place for our parade of toys it to end up.
The sculpture will be unveiled with a brief ceremony on Friday, Oct. 4, at 6 p.m. as part of the city’s Art Loop from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring live music from local children’s band We Kids Rock. This is a free event.