Public Art Commission
November 16, 2007
Commissioners: Markell, Bussell, Douglas, Longshore, Wilkerson, Anderson, Pugh, Seltzer (staff liaison), Hardesty (council liaison)
Carissa Moddison, Kevin Christman, Bruce Bayard, Lloyd Haines, Soundpeace, Adam Hanks (staff)
Chair Markell called meeting to order at 8:20 a.m. Minutes of 10/19/07 approved Douglas/Bussell
Chair welcomed guests and invited Kevin Christman to speak. Christman would like to install a sculpture in front of Soundpeace. Hanks explained that the sculpture violates the sign code and it would not be permitted.
Much discussion about the sign code. Feelings were expressed that it is antiquated and needs to be changed to allow for public art. Longshore assured the guest and audience that the PAC has included a change to the sign code in their Master Plan and the PAC agreed with the need. Lloyd Haines was invited to speak and expressed to the PAC that he was working on language changes to the code to allow for public art. He proposed a business could offer an easement to the City for a period up to five years for the purpose of painting murals on an exterior wall. He plans to bring the language to the PAC in the next month.
Hanks indicated that it could take four to six months for the change to work through the system. He explained that there is not language in the Ashland Municipal code that defines public art and therefore each project currently must be reviewed separately.
Audience members asked why the PAC couldn’t make a recommendation that overrides the sign code in order to allow for the Christman sculpture.
The PAC assured Christman they are working to allow for his sculpture but at this time they could not endorse it as they must work within the parameters of the code.
Lloyd Haines was invited to speak on his donation of art to the City. He explained that the gift is conditional on the work being placed on the underpass of Lithia Way and that he would pay for the installation but the city needs to do the electrical work. Chair thanked Haines and explained that the PAC would need time to discuss the gift and appropriate next steps.
Minutes of the October meeting were approved M/S Wilkerson/Bussell.
Bussel gave a brief update on the repair of Nourishing Our Community. It was clarified that the installation of the repaired piece is the responsibility of the artist. Hanks offered that the city does have a list of approved contractors for the concrete pour. Bussell will follow up.
Discussion and review of upcoming Master Plan presentation.
Brief discussion on Haines gift. Staff is asked to prepare an estimate on staff time, steps to implement the installation and timeline. It was agreed that discussion should wait until the December meeting.
Next meeting is Friday, December 14 at 8:15 a.m.
Meeting adjourned at 10:15 a.m.