Park Central Square’s signature sculpture, the “Tumbler,” will be given it’s summer tumble on Thursday as part of a special event honoring a late downtown business owner.
The city’s Public Works will “tumble” the sculpture around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 18, as part of the fourth annual Tumble for SGF event.
Tumble for SGF is hosted by downtown coffee house The Coffee Ethic in honor of their late founder Tom Billionis. The event is a yearly fundraiser for a different chosen local charity. This year the proceeds will be donated to the NAACP.
“The Tumbler Sculpture is rotated every season and represents a new beginning while giving us all a different perspective,” the Coffee Ethic posted online about the event. “It’s time for a change in our world, and we look forward to listening and learning more about inequality, injustice, and racism.”
Ethic founder Billionis unexpectedly died in 2016 at age 44. He was known for a passion for downtown Springfield and worked to help many local business owners. He was also a fan of the tumbler.
“Tom was really excited when we discovered the sculpture is supposed to be tumbled every season,” Public Works Assistant Director Martin Gugel said in a statement. “It is right outside his coffee shop. We think this is a fitting way to honor his memory each year around his birthday.”