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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 2

Meeting Date: November 14, 2006

Subject/Title: Approval of two public art designs by Laurel True for mosaic seating in two parks at Pulte’s Rose Garden, Subdivision #8561

Prepared by: Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager

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

RECOMMENDATION
Approve two public art designs by Laurel True for mosaic seating in two parks at Pulte’s Rose Garden, Subdivision #8561.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On September 9, 2003, City Council approved Section 2.44.180 Public Art 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 on July 1, 2004.

BACKGROUND
To date there have been three public art elements approved at Pulte’s Rose Garden. This project is the fourth to be presented. Mosaic projects were recommended by the developer who wanted an element that was colorful, approachable, and functional.

The selection panel originally met on November 18, 2005 to received proposals from two artists (“Dannenbeck” and Laurel True) for the central rose garden public art project; the panel selected both artists. The selection panel consisted of: Merry Sedlak, Lisa Salazar, Janet Smith (all representing Pulte Homes) andRon Beatty, Richard Meyer, and Patrick McCarran (all representing the Public Art Committee). The panel assigned the central rose garden to Dannenbeck and identified two other parks in the development, Kaleidoscope and Rainbow’s End as locations for Laurel True’s mosaic work. Due to this change in location and the site specific nature of public art, a new design concept and proposal was needed. In order to accommodate the larger scale of the work the budget was increased from $96,000 to $115,000. These decisions were agreed to by the developer, the selection committee, and the Public Art Committee and accepted by the artist.

After site visits with the artist and City staff,the artist offered the new proposal at the June 13, 2006 Public Art Committee meeting where it was accepted unanimously as presented. On June 28, 2006 this project was approved unanimously by the Arts Commission and on September 7, 2006 this proposal was approved unanimously by the Public Art Sub-Committee (PASC).

The artist, Laurel True, will be available to present the design concept renderings and proposed materials at the November 14, 2006 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 developer, Pulte Homes.

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 public art budget for Rose Garden is approximately $400,000.

The benches in the two Rose Garden parks will be maintained through the LLD. Maintenance will be minimal and is estimated at $1,000 annually.

Attachments:
Artist’s proposal for Rainbow’s End and Kaleidoscope Parks
Images of proposal materials

Laurel True
True Mosaics Studio
www.truemosaics.com

Project Description for Mosaic Benches in
Rainbow’s End and Kaleidoscope Parks
Brentwood, CA

Project Overview
This proposal includes two series of sculptural mosaic benches to be sited in two park/ playground areas in Rose Garden- Rainbow’s End Park and Kaleidoscope Park. These two sets of benches have been designed separately, to respond to the environment, surroundings and theme of the different areas.

If seen as a total set, there would be obvious stylistic and design continuity among all benches in both sets. I have done a complete redesign of my first submission to directly respond to these two specific sites.

As both parks are actually plays paces, I have designed both sets of benches with children and play in mind, coming up with designs that will spark the imagination, and inspire with color and magic.

Rainbow’s End Benches
This is a series of two sculptural benches with an additional sculptural element between them that can also be used as a seat. This park includes an existing water feature with a reverse fountain coming out of an area with concrete “clouds” in relief, a play structure and a climbing wall. I decided to move towards the obvious and work with the theme of the rainbow, not only to bring in lots of color, but also to conceptually tie in with the name of the park (which references a type of rose, but also offers this artistic interpretation).

The two benches and sculpture will be located in the concrete hardscape area that surrounds the cloud fountain. The three existing green metal benches will be removed and this series will replace it. Rainbow’s End Benches (working title) will include two gentle “S” shaped benches that flow in a rainbow-like arc and are colored with a full spectrum of colors. These benches are each 7 feet long and 20” high and deep. Each section of the “S” has a low back. There will be a 24” diameter spherical “sun” sculpture in between the two flanking rainbow benches. Each Rainbow Bench could seat 3-4 people and the sun sculpture can also be used as a seat.

Design/Inspiration
As I researched the rainbow, I found a wealth of folklore and stories about the rainbow and found that the universal appeal of the motif of the rainbow comes from/ is reflected in positive mythology and storytelling of all cultures. The rainbow is a great player in science, religion and education and brings up general good feelings of wonder and joy in all of us.

As water is an essential feature in this park, I wanted to explore how water and light react to form what we see as a rainbow. A rainbow is actually an optical phenomenon that causes a spectrum of light to appear in the sky when the sun shines onto droplets of moisture (rain).

The entire series of benches will be covered with high- fire, exterior grade ceramic tile mosaic with mirror and smooth glass marble accents. Each piece (tesserae) will be hand cut and shaped.

The bottom of the Rainbow Benches will be covered with swirling blue water designs and the seat, seat back and back of the bench will be covered in a full spectrum of rainbow colors that surround large “raindrops” of opalescent, clear glass half marbles and flowing lines of reflective mirror. Benches will be grouted with blue grout with a light blue metallic additive to give the grout a shimmer effect.

The Sun sculpture in between the benches will be covered in mirrored swirls with the opposite effect of colored “raindrops” surrounded by yellow and orange tile and grouted with a warm orange grout with gold shimmer. The orange/ yellow of the sun is also the color of the Rainbow’s End rose.

The visual concept behind the design is that the sun in the middle would reflect off the clear droplets of “water” on the bench surface and create the rainbow spectrum. As this is a scientific fact, the benches could also have educational significance for children using the park. To be sure these benches will be a visual focal point, bringing in a sense of playful and whimsical color and vitality into the park area.

Kaleidoscope Park
This is a set of two sculptural benches that will sit separately in the park, but both will be visible at the same time. This park includes an existing beach/ water feature with and telescopes for children to play with.

The two benches will be located along the edge of the play area and be installed into concrete pads prepared by park personnel. These benches (working title, Kaleidoscope Benches) will each be 5.5 feet long and will be slightly curved in shape. The backrest will be 20” high and seat depth will be 19”. Bench sets will be 20” high. Each bench will comfortable seat two.

Design/Inspiration
These benches will be covered with circular kaleidoscope- like patterns in a field of warm yellows/ oranges. Mosaic technique especially lends itself to kaleidoscopic patterning and I will bring in lots of fun mixed media tesserae (mosaic pieces) from around the globe to make up these design elements including brightly colored ceramic tile, flat glass marbles, mille fiore, mirror, stones and more…

A kaleidoscope is actually a tube of mirrors containing loose pebbles, beads or other colored pieces. The mirror reflecting these colored pieces presents the viewer with varying colored and patterned symmetrical designs. (We found this particularly inspiring- bits and pieces coming together as a whole!) These designs, although randomly created, often suggest patterns and textures from nature, textiles, animals and multicultural designs.

Our kaleidoscopic design elements will be set initially in the indirect method before installed onto the bench surface to ensure complete flatness (no sharp edges whatsoever) on each piece while allowing us to use pieces of different thickness in each design.
These designs will cover the front, seat back and back of the bench. Bench seats will be made up of different shades of warm yellows, oranges and reds gently swirling together.

Each circular design will be grouted individually with a complimentary color to further offset each kaleidoscope pattern. The background of the bench and seat will be grouted with a warm orange grout with gold shimmer effect.

Fabrication/ Materials
Bench substrates will be fabricated from steel and architectural foam armatures covered with three layers of acrylic concrete and fiberglass mesh, forming an incredibly strong and weatherproof base for the mosaic design. This fabrication system was developed in the 1950s and is used for architectural and sculptural elements. The forms are lightweight as they are not solid concrete, which makes transportation and installation easier. The acrylic concrete forms the perfect substrate for mosaic tile work.

All surfaces of the sculptural benches will be covered with ceramic tile mosaic, executed from high-fire, frost proof, exterior grade tile. Both gloss and matte glazes will be used to enhance the play of light on the surface of each tesserae. High fire flat glass marbles, mirror and other exterior grade materials will be used in mosaic surface embellishment.

Polymer- modified thin set adhesive mortar will be used to set all mosaic surfaces and all joints will be filled with polymer modified sanded grout and sealed with a penetrating grout sealer. An anti-graffiti sealer may be used as a final coat if necessary.

Maintenance
Mosaic is incredibly long lasting and durable surface treatment which can withstand extremes in weather and temperature as well as lots of traffic. Very little maintenance is required aside from hosing down dirty surfaces every once in awhile and resealing grout every 5 years.

A materials list including material color names and manufacturers will be submitted to client upon bench installation.

Laurel True
True Mosaics Studio
www.truemosaics.com

Budget for Mosaic Benches in Kaleidoscope Park and
Rainbow’s End Park

$115,000 Budget

Design Fee for proposals $3000

Kaleidoscope Benches (2)

Fabrication Substrates with

Installation apparatus $6750 x 2 $13,500

Materials: Tile $2800
Other Materials $745

Design Transfer for production $850

Mosaic Production/Artist Fee $20,740
Includes : Cutting and shaping tesserae,
setting all mosaic surfaces,
grouting and sealing

Transport/ Installation $1900

Rainbow’s End Series Benches

Fabrication Substrates
With Installation apparatus
Sides $9200 x 2 $18,400

Middle Sphere $3200
Materials: Tile $3620

Other Materials $960

Design Transfer for production $950

Mosaic Production/Artist Fee $27,850
Includes: Cutting and shaping tesserae,
setting all mosaic surfaces,
grouting and sealing

Transport/ Installation $3400

Delivery to Studio $450

Forklift rental $650

Studio Overhead- 3 months $2900

Insurance trailer $1085

Contingency $5000

TOTAL $115,000

Laurel True
True Mosaics Studio
www.truemosaics.com

Installation Methods for Mosaic Benches in
Rainbow’s End and Kaleidoscope Parks

Fabrication and Installation

Bench substrates will be fabricated from steel and architectural foam armatures covered with three layers of acrylic concrete and fiberglass mesh, forming an incredible strong and weatherproof base for the mosaic design. This fabrication system was developed in the 1950s and is used for architectural and sculptural elements. The forms are lightweight as they are not solid concrete, which makes transportation and installation easier. The acrylic concrete forms the perfect substrate for mosaic tile work.

Bench fabrication will be done by Bay Foam in Hayward, CA. Engineers at Bay Foam will design the installation apparatus, which will be part of the inner framework of the benches. The installation rigging will include steel pins, which will get epoxied into corresponding holes drilled into the existing concrete pads.

Benches will be delivered and installed by the team at Bay Foam. Installation will take 1-2 days. Installation apparatus will be covered with tinted concrete to match existing grout and benches will appear to meld into the sidewalk.

Design Board for Rainbow’s End bench concept:

Example of scientific cause for a rainbow: light going through water drops:

Example of raindrop on sun in between the two benches:

Design Board for Kaleidoscope bench concept:

Example of kaleidoscopes on the benches:
 

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