Art helps Tupelo celebrate 150 years as a city in 2020

December 29, 2019 GMT

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — A city in northeast Mississippi is making a bold statement to celebrate its 150th anniversary.

An art piece consisting of three big red numbers — 1, 5 and 0 — has been installed at a park near City Hall in downtown Tupelo. Each is 12 feet (3.7 meters) tall.

Tupelo was incorporated on July 20, 1870. The city is planning a sesquicentennial celebration on July 20, 2020.

Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Neal McCoy told WCBI-TV that he hopes the big numbers will be a fun way for people to celebrate the city.

“This is Tupelo’s front porch,” McCoy said. “So, we wanted to place it here to give people a place to come and take a picture and really have some pride in our city.”

McCoy said the big numbers will remain in the park through December 2020 before moving to the permanent location at the Oren Dunn City Museum.