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Meeting Date: December 14, 2004

Subject/Title: Approval of public art elements for the New Police Station, CIP Project No. 337-3142

Prepared by: Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

Approve the exterior and interior public art elements proposed for the new Police Station located at 9100 Brentwood Boulevard.

On September 9, 2003, City Council approved Section 2.44.180 Public Art, in principal and on September 23, 2003 approved the fee schedule committing one percent of the cost of capital investment projects to art and four tenths of one percent for housing development which became effective partially on January 1, 2004 and fully on July 1, 2004.

This is the Arts Commission’s first formal public art project.

The Police Station’s proposed public art projects were brought to the Arts Commission by the Public Art Committee and unanimously approved by the Arts Commission on November 17, 2004 and by the Public Art Subcommittee on November 30, 2004. The Public Art Committee consisted of: Lt. Kevin King, Project Manager; Jim Bryant, Arts Commission Vice Chair; Ron Beatty, Arts Commissioner; Richard Meyer, Artist and Brentwood Resident; and Tommy Wernholm, Artist and Brentwood Resident.

The Public Art Subcommittee consisted of: Annette Beckstrand, Vice Mayor and Arts Commission Council Liaison; Joe Trebino, Arts Commission Chair; and City Manager Designee Erik Nolthenius, Senior Planner, Community Development. Both committees were facilitated by Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager.

The CIP budget for the new Police Station was approved prior to the passing of the public art ordinance and therefore, the project was not required to include public art. However, due to the willingness and support of Police staff who were open to considering the inclusion of public art for the new Police headquarters, we moved forward with the project.

After several discussions regarding the public art possibilities at the site, there are two public art elements recommended for the new Police Station; one external on the main building façade and one internal on the walls of the Community Room, a room that will be accessible to the public.

• The external sculptures are by Bay Area public artist, Scott Donahue. The original concept was one that showed a police officer interacting with the community, preferably with youth, and demonstrating a sense of diversity. Mr. Donahue has captured that concept in the two wall high-relief sculptures he is proposing for the building’s main façade. Each one will be an ellipse measuring six feet high by nine feet wide making the figures approximately twice life size. One will be of a male officer offering his hand to several children. The other depicts a female officer holding the hand of a baby being carried in a front carrier by the mother, surrounded by two elderly people intended to be the baby’s grandparents. Please refer to the attached artist’s proposal for further details (the smaller relief referred to in the proposal will be considered at another time and is not part of this recommendation). Mr. Donahue will be available to present the maquettes of the sculptures, capturing the design concepts above, at the December 14, 2004 meeting.

• The interior murals are by Brentwood painter, Bill Weber. He is addressing two design concepts. One will be a light-hearted mural of downtown Brentwood in the 1950s with a child in a toy police car giving a parking ticket to a police vehicle parked on the side of the street in the wrong direction. The second mural will be an architectural history of Brentwood chronologically beginning with the John Marsh house and ending with the new Police Station at 9100 Brentwood Boulevard. Mr. Weber will also be available at the December 14 meeting to answer any questions or provide further clarification.

Since the public art is not conditioned, the two proposed public art projects will be paid for out of the Police Station capital improvement budget, contingent upon the availability of funds. At this time it is too early to determine whether or not there are funds available in the budget. The timing of this project is such that the approval processes have been carefully planned in order to not interrupt the current schedule of the Police Station. If it is determined that there is not adequate funding in the approved police station budget, staff will consider other funding options which may include bringing a request back to City Council to amend the project budget.

Extended Total
Exterior public art elements: $21,205 each $42,410
Interior murals: $12,000 each $24,000
Total public art for project: $66,410

Scott Donahue’s proposal for external project
Examples of Donahue’s previous public artwork
Bill Weber’s proposal for internal murals
Design concept for interior mural in Community Room

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