CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
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
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,
• 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
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.
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