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Ketchikan to decide on $95,000 rain gauge

Posted: November 6, 2013 - 3:17pm

KETCHIKAN — The Ketchikan City Council will consider spending nearly $95,000 Thursday to purchase a decorative rain gauge from two Dutch artists.

The Ketchikan Daily News reports (http://is.gd/AyszgD ) renovation work at the harbor has left parts of a lift station and vent pipe exposed. Those areas had originally been covered by a gauge, which measures up to 200 inches of rain a year.

The city intends to pay for the new gauge from its Cruise Passenger Vessel funds. The Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council received 31 proposals from 28 artists worldwide, and a panel last month selected the design from Dutch artists Jennifer Townley and Bette Adriaanse.

The proposal says the gauge is "of a steel structure that holds cylindrical glass shapes that collect, measure and kinetically distribute the rain."

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