With the redesign of the entry plaza to come into compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, an opportunity is available to re-envision the entire outdoor entry of the downtown library. The direction from initial stakeholders includes creating a handicap-accessible design that highlights the building and its entry, creates outdoor seating for library programming, develops a donor recognition opportunity (e.g., bricks or otherwise), and includes artwork that reflects what a library represents.
A selection panel of community members and library representatives is currently working to select artists to interview. The focus is to find an artist to work with a design team, including a landscape architect, to create art that integrates with the new redesign of the library entry.
Direction for the public art is:
- To successfully contextualize the art within the plaza
- To have the artist determine the type of artwork
- To amplify the programming of the plaza to the greatest extent possible
- To create, fabricate and install artwork that exemplifies:
- Community bonds
- Community enrichment
- Excavation of ideas
Concepts, Proposals & Construction
Concepts and proposals are likely to begin to be vetted in late 2020 to early 2021. Construction of the new entry plaza is likely to begin during the summer of 2021.
The City is working with a public artist and design team for a new Downtown Connection Center (DCC), a hub for public transit (bus), and other transportation modes. Direction for the project is to successfully contextualize art and beautification into the hub, create an opportunity for local emerging artists to work with the selected public artist, and to create, fabricate and install artwork that exemplifies an ideal transportation hub - active, connected, welcoming.
With the construction of the new municipal courthouse, located at 101 W Cherry Avenue, comes the opportunity for public art! A new art piece will grace the new building using the niche (see building concept drawing below) facing Beaver Street. A selection panel of community members and courthouse staff has selected an artist proposal. Installation of the new work is expected to occur in the spring of 2021.