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October 7, 2009 > Public Art Committee

Public Art Committee

All three models for the proposed bench designs of the new Senior Center Art Installation Project will be on display throughout the City.

This week the models will be at the current Senior Center for viewing and public input. The public can fill out a slip of paper naming the preferred design for the benches that will be at the front of the new senior center, and make any comments.

On Friday, October 23, City staff is scheduling a "Senior Center Sneak Peek," where the bench artists will be with their projects, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will be open to the entire community. In the afternoon there will be a monster bash dance for the seniors.

The models will appear before the Senior Advisory Commission on October 27. That week the project subcommittee will review all of the public input.

On November 2 the findings from the public input will be presented to the Public Art Committee, who will make the final recommendation for the project bench design to City Council.

Staff liaison Lorentzen will take the models and Public Art Committee recommendation to City Council on November 16.

The benches have always been incorporated into the new senior center. An idea that emerged at the beginning stages of the bench project was to incorporate bronze sculpture into the anchor piece, which was also a bench.

Senior Advisory Commission left the theme of "seniors and their families" open to the artists' interpretation.

The purpose behind the benches is to give seniors a place to sit when going on field trips or waiting for transportation.

A project to enhance a South Main St. transit shelter that will be City owned, operated and maintained has been discussed by the Public Art Committee since June 22.

The Committee discussed having the project budget at $7,000 and creating a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) asking for proposals of enhancement to the shelter's right and/or back panel.

Lorentzen updated the committee that there are structural aspects that the artist will have to deal with. The artist must also understand that the budget of $7,000 will have to cover everything, from installing, securing, and whatnot.

At the last meeting Committee member Foulk requested a budget report. Lorentzen reported that the bottom line is that the Public Art Committee has over $500,000 in the public art fund.

That does not include the money that the PAC will get from the Senior Center, $100,000 of which will be spent on the Senior Center art installation project.

The budget has projects, proposals, maintenance and contingency factored in so staff does not have to go back to council and ask for more money.

November 2 will be the last meeting for 2009. At that meeting the committee will form a subcommittee to review the RFP for the Main Street Transit Shelter Project before the next meeting.

The Cartwheels Kids is a sculpture in front of City Hall. It was decided that this sculpture should be moved the Milpitas Public Library, but not until replacement art has been found.

The Cartwheels Kids subcommittee will meet in October to examine available concepts for art. All of which is contingent on council approval.

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