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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 7

Meeting Date: April 26, 2005

Subject/Title: Approve the “Cloud Park” public art element within Rainbow’s End Park included in the Rose Garden project by Pulte Homes, Subdivision #8561.

Prepared by: Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

RECOMMENDATION
Approve “Cloud Park”, the public art water play feature proposed for the Rainbow’s End Park within the Rose Garden development by Pulte Homes, Subdivision #8561.

PREVIOUS ACTION
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.

BACKGROUND
This is the Arts Commission’s first residential development public art project.

This proposed public art project was brought to the Arts Commission by the Public Art Committee and approved by the Arts Commission on March 23, 2005 and by the Public Art Subcommittee on April 5, 2005. The Public Art Committee consisted of Sandra Gill, Arts Commission Vice Chair; Richard Meyer, Artist and Brentwood Resident; and Patrick McCarran, Arts Commissioner. The project was previously approved by representatives from Pulte Homes (Merry Sedlak, Lisa Salazar, and Rodger Miller) and vanderToolen, the Landscape Architect (Phil vanderToolen and Stephanie Bersch).

The Public Art Subcommittee consisted of: Annette Beckstrand, City Councilmember and Arts Commission Council Liaison; Jim Bryant, Arts Commission Chair; and City Manager Designee Jon Carlson, Solid Waste Manager. Both committees were facilitated by Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager.

This project is one of several to be included in the Rose Garden development. The site was originally planned as a planting area for a specimen tree. The Parks and Recreation Commission asked that the 24 foot diameter space be used for a water play feature for children instead of the specimen tree. Staff saw the opportunity to incorporate public art at the site and began work with the developer, landscape architect, and artist, Lisa Cooperman, to flush out the possibilities of the location.

The feature gives children the chance to play in the sky. Three dimensional clouds scattered around the circular splash pad spout rain upside down. The cloud shapes rest on a colored surface of shadow shot through with a ribbon of sunlight. Please see attached colored examples for visual details.

Cooperman will be available to present the design concept renderings and proposed materials at the April 26, 2005 meeting, should there be any questions.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact to the City of Brentwood as the artist is contracted directly with the landscape architectural firm, vanderToolen Associates.

The percent for art requirement on residential projects is 4/10s of 1% of the building valuation. Of that, 80% goes to fund the artwork, 20% funds administration of the public art program. Only a portion of this particular project meets the public art requirement as a water play feature was a condition applied by the Parks and Recreation Commission. The artist has estimated that $30,000 of the $120,000 budget is “art” and therefore meets the public art requirement. The overall public art budget for the Rose Garden is approximately $400,000. Other public art projects planned for the development include: entry soundwall treatments, artistic seating in two parks, and seasonal light standard banners.

The feature will be maintained by the LLD. Maintenance will require annual pressure washing and sealant re-coating. This will require the feature be shut down for approximately 48 hours.

Attachments:
Map of development location
Cloud Park features presented to Arts Commission
Colored rendering of proposed project
Colored rendering of aerial view of project

CLOUD PARK FEATURES

23 March 2005

Brentwood Arts Commission

Presentation: City of Brentwood Public Art Project – Rose Garden “Cloud Park”

Lisa Cooperman - Artist
Rodger Miller - Director of Land, Pulte Home Builders
Lisa Salazar - P.E., Pulte Home Builders
Stephanie Bersch - Project Manager, vanderToolen Associates Landscape Architects
Alex Tsitovich - Product Representative, Cal Sports & Recreation

The Rose Garden
“Cloud Park” within “Rainbows End”
Interactive Water Park features

• A chance for children to “play in the sky”
• Three clouds shoot sprays of water, making it rain upside down
• All features covered with rubberized safety surface
• Closed cell polypropylene foam underlayment will not break down
• Activation bollard controls feature – timer controls entire system
• Recycled water system delivers safe clean water with conservation
• Custom water softening system alleviates mineral deposit buildup
• 350 gallon reservoir tank contains automatic make up valve, and pump for over flow due to rain
• Approximately 5 – 10% splash and evaporation loss per day (max.)
• Annual maintenance plan requires power washing and reapplication of urethane sealer – surfaces colorfast
• Surrounding walkway is flush with feature and textured to provide anti-slip surface
• Accessible to children with disabilities 

 

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