CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: December 13, 2005
Subject/Title: Approval of the public art design and concept for Siena
Village by Blackhawk/Nunn and the senior housing project by A.F. Evans,
Prepared by: Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager
Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Approve the public art design and concept for Siena Village by
Blackhawk/Nunn and the senior housing project by A. F. Evans, Subdivision
On September 9, 2003, City Council approved Section 2.44.180 Public Art on
September 23, 2003 and 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 proposed public art project was approved for recommendation to the Arts
Commission by the Public Art Committee on October 11, 2005, approved by the
Arts Commission on October 26, 2005 and by the Public Art Subcommittee on
November 10, 2005. The Public Art Committee consisted of Sandra Gill, Arts
Commission Vice Chair; Richard Meyer, Artist and Brentwood Resident; Tommy
Wernholm, Brentwood Resident; and Patrick McCarran, Arts Commissioner. The
project was previously approved by representatives from Blackhawk/Nunn
(Matthew Beinke) and A.F. Evans (David Bower).
The Public Art Subcommittee consisted of: Jim Bryant, Arts Commission Chair;
Annette Beckstrand, City Councilmember and Arts Commission Council Liaison;
and Jon Carlson, Solid Waste Manager and City Manager designee. Both
committees were facilitated by Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager.
Although these are two separate projects by two different developers, both
projects have many similarities, including: meeting the public art
ordinance, adjacent to each other, mapped together, and have the same
architect. It made sense to have one artist or artist team, approved by both
developers, address the public art element for the developments.
Public Art Concept by Wowhaus
“Cornucopia” is a collection of permanent public art pieces reflecting the
rich agricultural and natural resources of the Brentwood region. This
functional artwork will enliven and enhance community spaces such as a
greenway and “pocket parks” in Siena Village where children play and members
of the public gather. Entering the area, as people proceed along the
sidewalk, they may pause to rest at beautiful benches or a table in a
playground or “pocket parks” along the way, also featuring the beautiful
tile work. While visiting seniors at the senior housing development, they
will discover colorful benches at the entryway and a tiled fountain in the
courtyard, also adorned with the distinctive, colorful tiles.
Just as artwork has graced plazas in Europe for centuries, this artwork will
enrich and enhance daily life in the community, establishing a unifying,
welcoming sense of place unique to Brentwood. Indeed, the imagery of the art
we propose is inspired by the artistic traditions of Tuscany, a region whose
landscape can bear striking resemblance to Brentwood. The artwork would
consist of the following:
Cast Concrete Benches and Table with Tile Inlay
In creating the bases for the benches and table we present an American twist
on this classical tradition - the pedestal forms have been inspired by the
curves of the native California acorn. As we know, oak trees provided an
invaluable harvest to Native Americans in the form of acorns; the curves of
the bases reflect the acorns produced by the Quercus Lobata or Valley Oak, a
species that will be planted in the pocket parks. The bases for the table,
in turn, will reflect the unique curves of the acorns of Quercus Agrifolia
or Coast Live Oak, another species of oak planted in the pocket parks.
The structural elements of the benches - the pedestals and top - will be
created with pigmented cast concrete that bears resemblance to stone.
(Custom molds are cast from sculpted forms created by Wowhaus; we work with
a subcontractor to create the castings.)
The tops of the table and benches will feature colorful tile compositions
incorporating imagery of peaches, olives and grapes - produce distinctive of
the Brentwood region. This tile “tapestry” is inspired by a Tuscan tradition
that dates to the 15th century - the creation of “Tappetari”, intricate
floral and geometric designs up to 100’ long that are rendered in sawdust
along roadways for a festival each year.
The compositions we create will be rendered in vivid glazes whose colors
complement the greenery of the pocket parks and the palette of the
surrounding architecture. Matte and glossy glazes will be utilized,
enhancing the dynamism of the surface as varied glaze surfaces catch or
absorb the light. Vivid, solid colored tile will be used to frame the
patterned tile. Both concrete and tile are time-honored materials commonly
used in public artwork; this project uses these materials to their greatest
advantage, creating distinctive artwork that is also durable and functional.
Summary of Proposed Artwork
Benches: 7’ long x 2’ wide x 18” high (tops 3” thick)
Tables: 7’ long x 30” wide x 24” high (tops 3” thick)
Vignettes: 12” square made up of four 6” square tiles
Play Area: two peach motif benches
Pocket Park: two solid tile benches and one grape motif table OR two grape
Walkways: two olive motif benches
Senior Housing Project
Entryway: two olive motif benches
Fountain: grape motif tile for fountain 16’ square, 18” high, 2’ wide wall
Courtyard: peach motif wall panel vignette (optional)
A representative from the artist team of Wowhaus will be available to
present the design concept renderings and proposed materials at the December
13, 2005 meeting, should there be any questions.
There is no fiscal impact to the City of Brentwood as the artist is
contracted directly with the developers, Blackhawk/Nunn and A.F. Evans.
The percent for art requirement on residential projects is 4/10s of 1% of
the building valuation. Of that, 80% of that goes to fund the artwork, 20%
funds administration of the public art program. The overall public art
budget for both developments is approximately $78,000.
The benches and table in Siena Village will be maintained through the LLD
and the benches and fountain at the Senior development will be maintained by
the owner, A.F. Evans. Maintenance will be minimal and is estimated at $500
Example of Olive Motif
Example of Grape Motif