Public Art Commission
May 20, 2011
Commissioners: Davis, Bussell, Edson, Garrington, Pugh, Wilkerson, Slattery (council) Hanks(staff)
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 8:15 a.m.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes were approved with corrections.
Edson mentioned that this point in the regular agenda would be a good time for commission members to inform each other of an significant conversations they may be having with the public as it is helpful for all of the commissioners to have an idea of what is going on with the various projects, specifically issues relating to the Gateway project.
Update on Calle
Edson contacted Christman regarding the potential sale of his existing sculpture to the City and was informed that Christman would be willing to price the piece at $8,000 for the City to purchase. Edson also reported that she talked with Christman about some rust areas and potential maintenance agreements needed to restore the piece and prevent further “unnatural” rusting.
Bussell provided an update on the Oppenheimer family fund and confirmed that the funds would be available to use for purchase of the existing pieces. The current account balance is $6,369.03. It was also determined that $500 would be a good estimate for a replacement or new pedestal for the Calle.
The Commission had general discussion regarding the Calle overall and is generally in favor of expanding the number of sculptures at a future date pending approval, of the Parks Commission. Wilkerson suggested that the PAC review the original master plan for the Calle to see what was originally envisioned. Wilkerson offered to track down the original plan for Commission review at the next meeting. The Commission also discussed a one to two year plan for the Calle, which included:
· Purchase Christman piece
· Replace pedestal at top of stairs
· Purchase third piece
Bussell motioned (2nd Garrington) to direct Staff to pursue the purchase of the Christman sculpture using the Oppenheimer funds with the remaining funds coming from the Public Arts general fund. Motion unanimously approved.
Wilkerson suggested that the pedestal decision wait until the Commission is able to review the original master plan for the Calle. It was also noted that the Commission should look at the opportunity for having memorials in the Calle for sculptures. All agreed on both comments. It was also agreed that all Commissioners would walk the Calle area for next month’s discussion on the master plan.
The committee again discussed the steps to take to initiate a process for the selection of art for the gateway island and further discussed the three areas of focus: community/council values (how to incorporate/articulate those values in an RFP), site/location (how the site might dictate type of art, size of art) and public art in other communities (artistic qualifications, artist vision, community response.
Garrington offered to collect and develop a master list of terms, phrases, ideas, etc to review for use in the RFP/RFQ process. Wilkerson noted that he thought it might be possible to have one RFP/RFQ process prior to the Commission deciding whether they are going to purchase the piece or commission one.
Commissioners discussed coming up with a new name for the Gateway project using its location, impact and use as potential names including, spoke, hub, junction, center, crossroads, etc. Garrington also agreed to collect possible names and provide a master list for the next meeting.
Slattery inquired about the timing of process steps regarding fund raising and art selection and pointed out that some times of year may be better for fundraising than others. Slattery also mentioned the Mayor’s televised Town Hall show as a possible way to promote the project as well as maybe coordinating something with the Fourth of July.
Commissioners also discussed general cost estimates with Pugh stating that the cost question comes up very quickly in conversations she has with the public. All agreed that giving the public some sense of the cost is worthwhile, but since there is no specific number yet, maybe saying something like significant or “six figures” gives a sense of the project scale for the public.
The scale of the piece was discussed with Wilkerson noting that he feels a big risk in the project is undersizing the piece not oversizing it. Bussell mentioned that she feels Ashland has a local scale that needs to be factored into their decisions and that the site has a bearing on the appropriate scale as well.
All agreed that the Commission will work on a rough draft of the RFP/RFQ at the next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 9:45.