COMMUNITY RELATIONS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEECouncil Present:
JUNE 16, 2010
12:00 – 1:15 P.M.
Chair, Mary Dean, Jason Hearn, Andy Ryder
Scott Spence, Heidi Behrends-Cerniwey, Carol LittenWashington Center Use
Carol Litten, City Clerk, presented the Committee with a request from Entertainment Explosion to use one of Lacey’s free days at the Washington Center in February 2011.
The city has two free days available each year at the Washington Center, one designated for non-profit organizations, and one for city use. No group can receive the use of the city’s free day on an annual basis. Entertainment Explosion last used a free day in 2009, which makes them eligible to receive a day in 2011. If approved, the group will coordinate scheduling with the Washington Center.
Councilmember Ryder moved to designate a free day in 2011 for use by Entertainment Explosion. Councilmember Hearn seconded. Motion carried. Hawk Public Art Project
Scott Spence, Assistant City Manager, briefed the Committee on the city’s current public art project. He stated in 1999, the city set aside 25 cents/per capita to purchase public art.
In 2002, the City Council reaffirmed the public art policy in support of recommendations of the Downtown Steering Committee to create a retail-based, pedestrian-friendly downtown area. As a result, two bronze sculptures were purchased to be located at major entrances to the city’s downtown core.
In 2007, the Community Relations & Public Affairs Committee directed their focus to Hawks Prairie in northeast Lacey. As a result, the city moved forward with commissioning a sculpture of a hawk to be placed at the Quinault roundabout and Galaxy Drive.
Heidi Behrends-Cerniwey, Management Analyst, stated Councilmembers formed an ad-hoc committee to select the art piece to be commissioned. Councilmembers Dean and Nelson, former Mayor Sackrison, and two citizen representatives, Russell Day (Panorama City resident), and Virginia Lane (North Thurston Public School teacher) participated in the process. The Council had final authority in the selection. A regional artist, Kevin Pettelle, was selected to create a bronze sculpture of a hawk.
Heidi provided an overview of the process:
Original Project Goals
• Serve as prominent gateway feature for City of Lacey
• Recognize historical identity of Hawks Prairie district
• Artwork must be visible to vehicular and pedestrian traffic with appropriate scale
• Distinct and attractive
• Durable material (bronze, steel)
Request for Proposal (RFP) Process
• RFP published November 2007
• Artwork could be existing gallery pieces or original commission
• RFP was posted to 200 artists, studios, educational institutions, websites, national publications
• RPF process closed on December 21, 2007Artist Selection Panel
The panel was charged with oversight of the hawk sculpture project. Their focus was to ensure that the artist maintained a shared vision of how the hawk sculpture best represents the community.
Original Design Concept Phases
Phase 1 – conceptual maquette (completed May 2008)
Phase 2 – maquette and base design (completed September 2008)
Phase 3 – Clay Sculpture (50%) completed in April 2009
Phase 4 – Clay Sculpture (100%) completed October 2009; the committee discussed a temporary site change due to the economic downturn and a reduced budget.
Moving the sculpture to city hall would eliminate landscaping and installation charges.
Phase 5 – Mold creation (completed January 2010)
Phase 6 – Bronze production at foundry (completed May 2010)
Phase 7 – Installation (June 2010)
Committee members discussed the pros and cons of moving the sculpture to city hall or placing the hawk in its original location on Quinault drive off the I-5 ramp. It was agreed that the hawk should be placed on Quinault Drive with minimal landscaping to reduce costs. There will be greater exposure in this location and the hawk will define another major entrance to the city.
Committee members suggested unveiling a maquette of the statue at a Council meeting in July, and recognizing the citizen representatives who served on the committee. Heidi will coordinate the installation with the artist once the site is prepared. Lacey Community Market
Sharon Kagy, Market Manager, reported on the 2010 season of the Lacey Community Market. She noted that in 2004, the vision of the City Council was to create a public farmer’s market that would promote activity in the Woodland District in the summer. Over the years, the farmer’s market has evolved into a community market, offering entertainment, food vendors, antiques, artists, collectibles, non-profits, produce and more. The number of vendors has increased from 25 to 90.
The Lacey Community Market will operate from 10-4 in Huntamer Park on the following dates this summer:
• July 10 (Home & Garden Day)
• August 14 (Pet Day)
• September 11 (Family Day)
Sharon invited Councilmembers to attend and enjoy the market.