On the Council agenda there are a couple of annexations. Maybe you will have thoughts on that. They look like moves to prepare for greenfield development on the edges of the city. In the information items there are approvals on some small plexes and one that is being appealed. And there's a small street vacation. Mostly the agenda items seem to be block-level things at the neighborhood level, and not things of larger city significance.
But there is some new public art in Bush Park, and let's talk about that instead!
|"Sentinals" [sic?] by Devin Laurence Field|
(See SAA's tweet and the FB post below)
- What is it with the surveillance theme? The Eye of Salem-Sauron at the Police Station and now "Sentenals"/Sentinels?
- But watching isn't the first thing that came to mind. These look like structural steel from the Police Station or part of a shipwreck. They look like ruins. They're rusty!
- Maybe they evoke Totem Poles, but how would that be appropriate in this context?
- For a site near a child's playground, it's surprisingly inert and static, nothing that will evoke wonder, playful interpretation, or interaction with children.
- Why here? How does this relate to Bush Park or the Bush family? It's like random art installation.
|Detail of rust finish and the periodic squishing treatment|
Anyway, it's hard to be excited by this. Have you been by it? Maybe you have a different interpretation that really brings it to life.
As for it as an instance of metal work, the bike racking right there is old "toast" rack, wheel-benders, and it might have been nice for a little of the metal budget to go to an upgrade there. Generally there is not very good bike parking at the city's central park.
|There used to be a drinking fountain here|
You may recall that the Art Association wants to put more statuary in the park. But with the gated admission for the Art Fair, new public art that may not be very broadly appealing, and deletion of a drinking fountain - are these incipient signs of a shift to make the park more exclusive or less accessible? This is something to watch.
There will be a dedication next month, but it's only for members, apparently:
In honor of SAA's 100th anniversary, we are proud to present "Sentinals," created by contemporary sculptor Devin Laurence Field.
"Sentinals" was constructed from thick steel plates and was inspired by the natural elements of Bush's Pasture Park. Located in front of the Bush Barn Art Center, "Sentinals" is now ready for all visitors to enjoy.
To learn more about Devin Laurence Field, join us for our Centennial Celebration on Friday, September 6th for a special meet and greet for SAA Members from 5:00-5:30 PM.