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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 1

Meeting Date: December 12, 2006

Subject/Title: Approval of public art designs and concepts by Eric Powell for public art elements in the primary entry park at Prewett Ranch, Subdivision #8954 (C Bronzan/R. Burr-Siegel)

Prepared by: Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

RECOMMENDATION
Approval of public art designs and concepts by Eric Powell for public art elements in the primary entry park at Prewett Ranch, Subdivision #8954. (C Bronzan/R. Burr-Siegel).

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
The public art elements for this project include: artistic gazebo, benches, overlook railing, and bridge railing.

Suncrest Homes came to the Public Art Committee with an artist they wanted to work with. Three elements were selected for the artist to work with 1) a gazebo, 2) bridge railing, and 3) park seating. The Public Art Committee agreed to review the proposal of this artist. On March 14, 2006 the Suncrest Homes representative said they were no longer interested in working with their recommended artist and that they wanted the City’s Arts Manager to coordinate the artist selection process keeping the project elements the same as those selected for the original artist.

On April 3, 2006 the selection panel for Prewett Ranch to select finalists for the project. The panel consisted of: Gordon Gravelle and Curt Hondel from Suncrest Homes, Leslee Temple the Landscape Architect on the development, Tommy Wernholm and Patrick McCarran from the Public Art Committee. The panel selected two finalists, Larry Meeks from Sacramento and Eric Powell from Berkeley.

On September 13, 2006 the selection panel met a second time to receive the proposals developed by the two artists. The selection panel unanimously recommended Eric Powell to the Public Art Committee for the Prewett Ranch public art project. On October 3, 2006 the Public Art Committee unanimously approved the project design and concept for recommendation to the Arts Commission.

The artist, Eric Powell, will be available to present the design concept renderings and proposed materials at the December 12, 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 developers, 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 Prewett Ranch is estimated between $300,000 - $400,000.

The proposed public art elements in the Prewett Ranch park will be maintained through the LLD. Maintenance will be minimal and is estimated at $3,000 annually.

Attachments:
Artist’s proposal for Prewett Ranch

Brentwood Arts Commission

Suncrest Homes Development / Prewitt Ranch
Proposal for Public Art Project

Budget

(Budget includes Water Temple and railing at Water Temple; Railings at the Retaining Wall; Handrail Elements on the Bridge; and four benches.*

Design/Model Fee: $6,200.00
Engineering/ Working Drawings: $2,800.00
Fabrication Labor: $100,000.00
Materials: $13,000.00
Equipment Rental: $3,500.00
Permits: $00.00
Site Preparation: $00.00
Transportation to Site: $4,500.00
Insurance: $1,500.00
Installation: $8,000.00
Studio and Operating Costs: $130,000.00
Photographic Documentation: $500.00
Contingency/Retainer (5%): $30,000.00

Total: $300,000.00
*Not included in the budget above: Handrail feature at bridge, Additional benches, Fountain sculptures and Bike racks.

Brentwood Arts Commission

Suncrest Homes Development / Prewitt Ranch
Proposal for Public Art Project

September 2006

Fabrication, Installation and Maintenance Procedures

Fabrication:
The fabrication of the art features includes all aspects of standard metal fabrication. This includes cutting, bending, welding, grinding, finishing, patinas, and coating the metal, in this case steel. Steel is extremely durable and structurally extremely strong.

Finishes:
For exterior applications a urethane-based epoxy paint is used for coating the metal surfaces. This is an extremely durable coating. Color is applied either with cold and heat patinas (with clear epoxy coating) or with pigmented epoxy paint.

Maintenance:
The only maintenance required on the metalwork is cleaning as needed.

Installation:
Installation is done by myself and my assistants. We will transport the work to the site. In the case of the Suncrest Water Temple, I will utilize Skyscraper Crane, based in San Francisco, with whom I have worked before.

Brentwood Arts Commission

Suncrest Homes Development / Prewitt Ranch
Proposal for Public Art Project

Proposal Statement: Suncrest Water Temple, Railings, Benches

Presentation on September 13, 2006 at 3:00

Dear Artist Selection Committee,

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the Suncrest Homes Development / Prewitt Ranch Public Art Project.

I propose to create an art feature that is integral to the entry park of the Suncrest community. It is a series of works that creates a sense of marking and individuality to the entrance of Suncrest.

The entrance to Suncrest sets the tone and the feeling for the development. The art feature establishes an inviting environment to the community; it is meant to be beautiful, sculptural and functional. It is to be accessible to all, yet aesthetically and functionally sustainable over time. It is to be something that will grow on you, something with a deep and lasting appeal.

My experience tells me that people love to see something different, something unique in their community. They are appreciative and inquisitive and virtually always happy to have a unique work of art in their neighborhood, if that work of art is considered and thoughtful. Public art is not necessarily there to please everyone. But it is there to evoke and inspire, to draw people to it and to make people wonder.

The theme for my art feature is: Water.

My proposal for the art feature is inspired by water and currents; the movement of water.
Brentwood is in the heart of the Sacramento River Delta, the largest water source on the West Coast of the U.S. This includes 900 miles of navigable waterways. It is the main source of water for the San Joaquin Valley, one of the great agricultural breadbaskets of the world.
The river is huge and impressive.
Living in Brentwood, one usually doesn’t actually see the water around them. One can forget that one is very near this natural wonder. Water is crucial to Brentwood, as it is to all communities. It will become more precious as the demand for it increases over the coming decades. Water is essential. Water symbolizes abundance and fertility and life. The entrance to Suncrest has water (the two pools), as its central feature. Therefore the concept and design for my proposal is inspired by water.

Suncrest Water Temple:

The Water Temple is the key focal point of the art feature. It is inspired by currents: currents of water and wind. It is sculpture as architecture and architecture as sculpture. It evokes the movement of nature, the sound of the wind. It throws beautiful shadows in both sunlight and moonlight.

The Temple is made of thick-walled steel pipe. The pipe is bent into configurations and welded together. The welds are finished to create a seamless work. It is then oxidized and sealed with an extremely durable clear epoxy coating. The ‘trunks’ that suspend the top are like tree trunks, emerging out from the pavers. It is an extremely strong structure. All tolerances will be checked and approved by engineers.
The top section of the Temple is an open ‘roof’ structure. It is suspended twelve feet above the ground.

Here are some of the scenes that I imagine occurring at the Suncrest Water Temple:
Warm summer nights; Young kids’ birthday parties; Community gatherings/picnics; A place for reflection and quiet; A place to play and hear live music; A place to read a book; A place to meet with people; ‘Hey, let’s meet at the temple.’

For the ground inside and around the Water Temple, I suggest that the pavers be Green Brick pavers. This is where a particular type of green moss is planted in between the pavers. It lends a beauty to the floor of the Temple. It also adds to the feeling that you are in a place that is of the earth and of nature. This includes the ‘trunks’ of the Water Temple.

The benches at the base of the ‘trunks’, under the Water Temple, are simple earth-colored concrete shapes as shown in the drawing and model. The tops of the benches are slightly curved up for drainage. There are enough sitting spaces for a small group of people.

Railings at the Water Temple, Retaining Wall and Bridge:

The railings, as seen in the drawings and the models, are integral with the theme of water and currents, with the Suncrest Water Temple. They are made of the same materials and techniques as the Water Temple.
(For scale railing model, see railing on the Water Temple model).

Benches:

The benches are designed and made to be integrated with the theme of water and current, as are the other aspects of the art feature. The frames and backs are steel. They are ergonomically friendly. The seats are cast concrete. These can be reproduced if more of them are called for.

Other Features for the Entry Park:
Water features/fountainheads and bike racks. See drawings.

The Collaborative Process:

I am very much at home and experienced in the process of successfully completing commissions in both the public and private realm. This collaborative process is a rich and dynamic counterpoint to my direct studio work.

The concepts and designs presented here have been carefully thought out and processed over several weeks. I am excited and inspired to move to the next stage of the project and actually build these works. However, I strongly invite and encourage dialogue, critique and feedback concerning any aspect of the project. The designs presented here can evolve and change if it is mutually seen as beneficial.

When developing an Arts Master Plan, one should think as expansively as possible about the arts, not just as sculptural objects and physical enhancements, but as a living part of the community, creating through an engaged process with the residents and the artist. Art can enhance the community’s sense of identity, defining place and providing a repository site for the community’s collective memories and stories. Public art, arts organizations and artists contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of an area, providing incentives for people to visit the area. Public art can be a key to unlocking the hidden treasures of a neighborhood’s past and present. Art can celebrate the local ecology and topography of its people and cultural institutions.
-Ann Chamberlain
Public Artist

Regarding the Calatrava Sundial Bridge in Redding, CA, which spans the Sacramento River:

A triumph like the Sundial Bridge should be heeded in other communities. Look past the unusual circumstances of its creation. What remains is the core reason that their bridge exists: People wanted to make the place they love a little better. And that should be the goal of every community as it grows.
-A Quotation from a journalist
 

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