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Oklahoma City Council approves four public art projects
Public art projects are coming soon to the West River Trail, two parks and a fire station.
The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to approve the four projects, funded by the City’s 1% for Art ordinance. The ordinance requires that 1 percent of City construction budgets be spent on public art.
“Oklahoma City has a relatively new 1% for Art program, and it’s exciting to see our local artist community become more competitively positioned to compete well with national artists who have been practicing for decades,” said Robbie Kienzle, Arts Liaison in the City’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
“Glacial Erratics,” West River Trail
His work, entitled “Glacial Erratics,” is inspired by glacial formations with rocks that are of a different size and type compared to those native to the area. These large erratics are carried by glacial ice, often over distances of hundreds of miles, and were left as the glacial ice either continued forward or began to melt.
The materials and placement of “Glacial Erratics” will stand in stark contrast to the trail surroundings. The collection of five individual raw steel works will unfold in time and space as trail users move through the landscape.
Schor has been a public art practitioner for 10 years, and resides in Oklahoma City. He was the winner of a nationwide competition for the commission, and the project budget is $70,000.
“Indian Blanket Flower Bench,” South Lakes Park
Gallucci’s work can be seen across the nation in park and playground settings where his benches are playful objects that invite interaction while also being functional. His work is intended to tell a story by creating a sense of place, and the “Indian Blanket Flower Bench” was inspired by the Oklahoma prairie.
When installed, the bench will be placed in front of the South Lakes Park Event Center.
Gallucci’s studio is in Greensboro, N.C., and he’s been a sculptor for 40 years. He was selected from the City’s Pre-Qualified Artist Pool for projects under $25,000. The project budget is $9,260.
Untitled, Red Andrews Park
The sculpture is untitled, and made of steel with Midtown’s signature red color powder coating applied for long-wear. The work will stand almost 11 feet above the ground. The rings and patterns will interact with the sun, creating shadows in the park and standing as a strong graphic element.
Much of their recent work draws from including light in the design to add complexity and interest beyond the physical sculpture. By designing for reflections and shadows, intentionally building them into the design, they are able to create a much bigger impact with their work without the expense of larger sculptural work.
The Bewleys have been collaborating together on artwork for almost 18 years at Art Fusion Studio in Oklahoma City. They were also selected from the Pre-Qualified Artist Pool, and the project budget is $25,000.
“Windswept Wall,” Fire Station No. 29
The design for the work was inspired by the landscape that surrounds the station’s location in southeast Oklahoma City. Abstract waving in the design superimposes the undulating organic lines of the convex wall surface. The organic nature of the wall’s design is intended to contrast with the strong structural lines of the architecture. The materials used are an ever-changing weathered steel.
McDanel is based in Norman. He’s worked for the last 12 years as a professional artist who designs and fabricates innovative industrial sculptures and functional works from found objects, steel and wood. He was also selected from the Pre-Qualified Artist Pool, and the project budget is $19,000.
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