Percent for art fosters range of choices

Posted: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

A six-member committee met for more than four hours Monday in the Juneau-Douglas High School library to judge 15 proposals for new public art installations at Juneau-Douglas High School.

The city has $160,000 to spend on the project. That's 1 percent of the approximately $16 million in construction costs for the high school's renovation.

"We're looking at the concepts and the media that were used, and the appropriateness of each piece for the setting of the school," city project manager Gary Gillette said. "There were specific spaces that were recommended for art, like the atrium and the commons. Generally, those spaces are open to the general public as common spaces. We didn't recommend anything in the corridors, or places they want to reserve for student art."

Ten groups of artists submitted proposals to the city's engineering department after a request for proposals was announced in February. The 15 projects were on display in the library from 2-3:30 p.m. Monday before the committee went into discussions.

Jay Satterfield wants to build a 45-foot-tall weather vane, with a 22-foot-tall-by-10-foot-wide brown bear, for the space between the Augustus Brown swimming pool and the high school's new parking lot. The vane would be cast in a bronze-colored aluminum. If his piece is selected, Wilson Engineering has agreed to help with the construction.

Satterfield was inspired by the "Hammering Man" sculpture in front of the downtown Seattle Art Museum.

"I just felt like it was a good opportunity, and the idea came forward," Satterfield said. "Obviously, it has to be designed in a way that it will turn and it doesn't blow down."

Other proposals included three crimson waves representing "Mind, Body and Spirit" and suspended in the atrium space, by Dorinda Skains; a series of large glass-cast installations, by the McConnell-Collin glass studio; an installation of 12 paintings, and another of two large paintings, by Rob Roys; a series of representational crests for construction, arts, science and medicine, by Jennifer Morrell; a number of acrylic and pastel faces, by Barbara Craver; a collection of icons inspired by Berners Bay and Tlingit motifs, by Janice Criswell and Steve Henrikson; a steel sculpture, by Lisa Rickey; a display of wildlife and trail photography, by Marilyn Holmes; and a painting installation, by Heidi Reifenstein.

The committee will score the 15 proposals, then forward its recommendation to the contracting office of the city engineering department. Points will be added for the local proposals, and the city could decide on its top choice today.

The projected cost of each installation is in a sealed envelope. Once those prices are reviewed and the first installation is purchased the city will decide whether it has enough money to buy more artwork.

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