Arts in Public Places Board spruces up the town

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By The Staff

The Arts in Public Places Board has been hard at work making plans to spread art throughout Los Alamos County.


At their meeting on Wednesday night, the Board discussed various projects that are in the works and presented updates on these projects.


The Arts in Public Places Board is working on a plan that would spruce up the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex once its construction is completed.


Community Services Director and Board liaison Stephani Johnson said, “the Board members were concerned about the building having blank walls, as they did not see that as aesthetically pleasing. Capital Projects and Facilities Manager Anne Laurent suggested that the Board look at attaching something to the building.”


Johnson said the Board decided they would like to add something to the wall on the Ashley Pond side to complement the pond. A suggestion was made that the Board ask the building’s occupants and the architect for some ideas, at the same time considering a landscape plan that Parks Director Dick McIntyre prepared.  The Board decided that Laurent should bring some artwork images to a future meeting for consideration.


Now that the skate park is up and running, McIntyre has suggested that a fountain sculpture be placed in the semi-circle where the benches are currently located.


As a result, the Board made a motion to recommend to county council approval of purchase and installation of the fountain from Stone Forest, located in Santa Fe, for the skate park.  


Board member Joanna Gillespie made a friendly amendment to the motion that read, “the installation (should) not cost more than the fountain.” The motion was passed, with three members present.


  An update on the bus shelters was also presented at Wednesday’s meeting. A press release has been issued and proposals are due by Dec. 8.


“Board members asked that I advertise the call for artists in several publications including the Santa Fe New Mexican, the Rio Grande Sun and Pasatiempo,” Johnson said.


A press release was sent to the Los Alamos Monitor last week and was included in a story about the bus shelters’ construction.


The sculpture titled “Essence of Dance” is set to be reinstalled in a new location soon. It was located in front of the Mesa Public Library but was removed when the skate park was constructed.


The new proposed location would be across the street from the Betty Ehart Senior Center, however there were concerns by the utilities staff because of utility lines that run through there and the fact that they might have to work on them in the future.


The Board did not think that the utility lines would pose a problem, as they believe there is enough room there to install the sculpture. As a result, they asked Johnson to proceed with reinstallation of the sculpture in that location.


Also, a dedication of the sculpture titled “Nexus” is being planned. One of the Board members suggested that the dedication take place during the Winterfest activities.


Plans for the dedication are pending coordination with the artist, who is based in Arizona.


 “I need to contact the artist to see if he is interested in attending,” Johnson said.