FF City Council wants art piece for roundaboutPublished 11:25am Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The city and Fergus Falls Public Arts Commission are calling all artists as they look to make a permanent piece of original art in the center of the roundabout a reality.
The city council Monday approved the solicitation for artists.
The new roundabout, considered one of the seven gateways to the community, is located at the intersection of Tower Road and Alcott Avenue. The city would like the art piece to be timeless, reflecting the city today but also lasting 50 or more years. Through a piece of public art, the Public Arts Commission wants to convey community, history, links to geologic and transportation features, and family related to Fergus Falls.
The commission has set up some of the parameters for the project, but it’s also looking for variety.
“We’re open,” said Gretchen Boyum, Public Arts Commission member, at last week’s Public Works and Safety Committee meeting. After proposed projects start rolling in from artists, commission members will “pick what we think would be appropriate for this space,” she said.
However, council member Randy Synstelien wanted to add something to the proposal regarding a POW/MIA theme, which is already present with the Tower Road Bridge. That was added as part of the motion, though it is just an option. The art is not required to have that theme.
Some parameter categories include the following: Materials, lighting, landscape, setting and structure or design. It’s important to the committee that the art be easily viewed from every direction and compatible in scale to its surroundings. The city does not want a water feature, either as the primary structure or as an accent. The piece would be considered a landmark and a reflection of the community; therefore, it should be non-controversial or political in nature.
Funding for the project is still being established. The design would need approval from the city and Otter Tail County to ensure compliance with visibility and safety guidelines.
Interested artists would need to apply by Aug. 5.