Roundabout art to be icon of the city [UPDATED]Published 4:29am Monday, July 29, 2013 Updated 6:31am Monday, July 29, 2013
The city of Fergus Falls is looking for community volunteers to assist in the criteria selection process for the original artwork that will be installed at the center of the Tower Road and Alcott Avenue roundabout.
The art is expected to be a significant icon in the city and an important symbol welcoming residents and visitors to the community.
The Public Arts Commission is looking for at least seven members of different demographics. They’re looking for a resident from the area surrounding the Tower Road and Bridge, a business representative from this area, an artist, a resident at large, a city council member, an Otter Tail County Commissioner and a representative from either the Otter Tail County Historical Society or Heritage Preservation Commission.
The sub-committee would meet about three times over the next month.
The city council approved the solicitation of artists in March. However, the deadline for the art piece was also extended from Aug. 5 to Sept. 5 to allow a criteria review board to be put together. 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 set up some of the parameters for the project, but it’s also looking for variety.
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.
The area where the artwork would go in the middle of the roundabout already has some landscaping from the Tower Road Bridge project, which was in the original plans. Depending on the final piece of art chosen and approved for the location, some of the landscaping may be moved or relocated, or some art proposals may incorporate it, according to City Engineer Dan Edwards.
“It depends on what the proposal is for the artwork,” Edwards said.
Anyone interested in serving the community through this review board should contact Anne Martens at 332-5418 or Lynne Olson at 332-5404 at City Hall for more information.
Artists interested in submitting a piece of art should contact Gordon Hydukovich at 332-5427.