The third sculpture in the four-part sculpture series, located on Willis Avenue, is one step closer to reality.

Art on the Prairie was awarded an $8,000 grant from the Dallas County Foundation.

The Dallas County Foundation, in conjunction with Grow Greene County Gaming Corporation, recently announced in a press release that $135,803 has been awarded to 27 Dallas County organizations for 2018 community betterment projects.

Art on the Prairie President Jenny Eklund said the grant funds will go to help pay artist Jim Russell. Russell will complete the third sculpture in the series, “Speed Train.”

“We’re very blessed that Dallas County Foundation has been able to help us,” Eklund said. The sculpture will cost around $30,000.

Two sculptures have already been placed on Willis Avenue. The first, “Born of Fire,” honored the memory of Pete VanKirk and centered around the industrial theme of the Progressive Foundry.

The second, “Iowa Girl,” paid tribute to Roberta Ahmanson. Ahmanson helped revitalize multiple buildings within Perry.

The third sculpture, “Speed Train,” will center around the theme of the railroad.

“The reason why Perry even exists is because of the railroad,” Eklund said.

She said the goal is to have the sculpture placed by June 22.

The Dallas County Foundation, Eklund said, is a “major player” in the third sculpture project.

Other Perry projects that were awarded funds through the Dallas County Foundation include the City of Perry, $5,000 for the RRVT Art Initiative, Perry Hometown Heritage, $2,700 for a display wall and Perry New Hope Bargain Shoppe, $944 for new signage.

The next grant cycle will be announced in December 2018.