3 Ohio artists named finalists for new Edison statue planned for US Capitol's Statuary Hall

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio commission will soon decide which artist makes the new statue of Thomas Edison for Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol.

The statue of the famed inventor from Milan (MY'-lan), Ohio, will replace one of Gov. William Allen, who supported Southern slave owners.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1wbN3mu ) reports the Ohio Statuary Hall Commission met with three sculptors this week and will choose the designer Dec. 22. The finalists are Alan Cottrill of Zanesville, Thomas Lingeman of Perrysburg and Emanuel Enriquez of Bowling Green.

The chosen artist must be approved by the state, the Architect of the Capitol and the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.

The project will be privately funded. Former state lawmaker Mark Wagoner says about $40,000 of the estimated $2 million cost has been raised.

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