November 21, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Public Art Commission
November 18, 2011
Commissioners: Davis, Friend, Pugh, Bussell, Seltzer (staff), Capovilla (student liaison)
Slattery (Council Liaison)
Bill Molnar, Community Development Director
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 8:15 a.m.
Public Art Fire Station #2
Community Development Director Bill Molnar was invited to attend the meeting and speak to the commission about design standards for Ashland Street and how those might apply or be applied to public art at Fire Station No. 2.
Molnar explained the intent of the design standards is to encourage focus on a pedestrian scale. The plans for Fire Station No. 2 include a placeholder for public art and an area adjacent to the sidewalk which is referred to on the plans as a plaza. The hope is that the plaza area and the public art will be inviting to pedestrians as a place to pause, relax, linger.
He explained that the public art could not infringe on the public right of way (sidewalk) but could be imbedded in the pavement of the plaza area, could be a stand alone piece, could incorporate a water feature. Ground breaking will likely occur in March.
Davis expressed caution that the piece not be “plop” art and asked Molnar if etched glass window would be acceptable. Molnar explained that with the city sign code an etched glass window located in the front of the building could be construed as a “sign” and design standards encourage windows that can be seen through.
Mural Enders Alley
The commission reviewed the revised design submitted by Niolce Shulters. Shulters reported she met with muralist Robert Beckman as recommended by the commission and said that Beckman encouraged her to incorporate the hills of Ashland in the backdrop of the design which she did.
The PAC felt the revised design addressed their initial concerns and voted to forward their recommendation to the City Council for final approval.
Seltzer reported the parties interested in having a utility box painted in the Oak Knoll neighborhood are not able to move forward with the project at this point but may do so in the future at which time they will come to the Public Art Commission.
Seltzer reported the owner of the Bread Board in interested in having the utility boxes in front of his business painted. Seltzer explained to the owner, the painting must occur during warm weather and the PAC will begin the process sometime next spring or summer.
Bussell will take photos of the boxes.
Fire Station No. 2
The PAC had a general discussion about public art at the new station. Pugh likes the idea of a water feature, Bussell thinks it should be something vertical and well integrated into the design of the station , Friend would like to have something whimsical with a sense of humor; something that people will talk about.
Seltzer will invite project manager Jim McNacmara to attend a future PAC meeting to inform the commission about the timeline and process to incorporate public art.
The commission reviewed “Schedule A” of the Conceptual Design Development Agreement. Friend will work on the document for final approval of the PAC in December. The Agreement will be posted on the web as a DRAFT in order to give artists a sense of what the contract will be if they are selected as one of the final five.
The remaining loose end for the RFQ is for the PAC to determine the timeline.
Due to time constraints, this item was postponed to the December meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 9:55.