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Meeting Date: July 26, 2005

Subject/Title: Approval of the “Critters” public art element within Veterans Park (C. Bronzan/R. Burr-Siegel)

Prepared by: Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

Approve five “Critters” as the public art element for Veterans Park, formerly known as Balfour Road Park.

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.

Veterans Park was designed and approved prior to adoption of the public art element. However, due to size and visibility of the park, staff has worked hard to try and incorporate a public art element into the final design.

An artist, Willard Carmel was recommended to the Arts Commission by the Arts Commission’s Curator, William Weber. The five “critters” were approved by the Arts Commission on August 25, 2004 and by the Public Art Subcommittee on May 26, 2005. The Public Art Sub-Committee consisted of Jim Bryant, Arts Commission Chair; Annette Beckstrand, City Councilmember and Arts Commission Liaison; and Paul Eldredge, City Manager Designee. The committee was facilitated by Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager.

This proposed public art project has been discussed by the Arts Commission for more than two years. It includes five bronze life-size sculptures of regionally indigenous animals including: kit fox, raccoon, egret, mallard duck, and a coyote. The bronze sculptures will be placed in five of the seven circular planted areas within the meandering pathway atop large stones selected by the artist. Each animal (except for one bird) has “footprints” in the concrete leading up to the bronze animal as if the animal walked up to the its site. The one without footprints is said to have flown in. The footprints were placed in the concrete in July 2004.

As a part of future plans: there will be two animals added to the project as funds come available. The Public Art Sub-Committee recommends: mountain lion, red tail hawk, or river otter to be considered.

Mr. Carmel will be available to present the concept and proposed materials at the July 26, 2005 meeting, should there be any questions. Arts Commission Chair Jim Bryant will also be present to answer any questions.

This project is budgeted at approximately $23,500. The budget is from the $25,000 donation from Braddock and Logan’s in order to meet their condition of approval on the Stonehaven development. Since their donation was to meet a public art condition the Arts Commission felt it was important to fund a public art project with the donation. The remaining funds of $1,500 will be held in contingency for the project. Remaining funds left after the project is completed and accepted will go into public art in lieu fund.

Maintenance of the sculptures, estimated at $500 per year, has been incorporated into the 2005/07 City Council approved Parks and Recreation Department budget for general park maintenance.

Map of Park with locations highlighted
Image of fox from 110º Magazine, Nov., 2004

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