Inanimate though they may be, North George Street's freakishly tall rooster and the yellow cat made of horseshoes need love too.

The sculptures are two of the most eye-catching installations of a public-art program that's made taking a stroll down some York City sidewalks much more interesting in recent years.

The rooster and cat were two of 10 creations unveiled in 2012. And there they've been, collecting dust, rain and sideways glances ever since.

As Downtown Inc completes phase three of the art program and approaches phase four, officials are mulling the need for a maintenance fund.

"We install these things and it's all well and good until the eye in the cat falls out," Sonia Huntzinger, Downtown Inc's executive director, said.

To be clear, the cat still has both of its eyes.

But, eventually, the elements are sure to take a toll on York's street art.

"Ultimately, the plan is to have the whole downtown populated with these things," Huntzinger said. "Now we're sort of on the back end trying to figure out, OK, how do we keep this going long term?"

Plan: The city can't be expected to cover the cost of inevitable repairs, she said.

Huntzinger said she's hoping to have a maintenance plan by mid year. Around the same time, Downtown Inc wants to solicit creative ideas from local artists for a phase-four installation of art in the first block of West Market Street.

"I don't want to keep putting these pieces out and not have a plan to care of them," Huntzinger said.


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Future phases might also take on a gallery role, giving admirers the option to buy art they see on the sidewalk, she added. In a few months, at Cherry Lane, the city will install a large metal-and-glass orb created by artist Gale Jamieson.

Latest: The most recent block to receive its aesthetic boost is the first block of West Philadelphia Street. There, artist Harry Smith installed a piece called "The Makers" that's made of recycled materials of York County origins. For example, Smith said he used old railroad spikes and a tractor's water pump that he found "in some weeds."

"They're all recycled, found parts and pieces," said Smith, who is perhaps best known as the owner of Antiquita Glassworks. Smith said he was inspired by the competition to reflect the industrial creativity of Yorkers. The sculpture depicts men made of metal assembling one another.

"The Makers" is one of three recent improvements to the West Philadelphia Street block.

There's also a planter created by artist Sean Doll and a bench Smith made of what he calls Yorkrete — a concrete-like hodgepodge of York County glass, bolts, nails and other materials that collaborate together in one structure.

"I just have a fascination with things that had a life," Smith said.