Bus shelters still need art

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By Jennifer Garcia

Despite a call for artists put out last year, the Art in Public Places Board is still looking for art to put on the bus shelters that were constructed last fall.


The last call for artists produced only two proposals, however, the Board was only interested in one of them. Although, a deal between the Board and the artist was never finalized because the board only wanted to use portions of the Native American design that the artist had proposed.


“We want something regional, but also representative of Los Alamos. For example, the Native American artwork can be used in some part, but we weren’t sure how much relevance it had to Los Alamos, though it certainly had relevance to the region,” Community Services Director Stephani Johnson said.


She also mentioned that the board was interested in artwork that represented the mountains, wildlife and local landmarks around Los Alamos.


Johnson said she believed the low turnout for submitted proposals could be attributed to language contained in the call for artists that was released last year.


“We got feedback from a couple of artists about a requirement in the criteria that said the county would own the artwork and they (the artists) wouldn’t be able to use it for anything else.” Johnson said that the criteria did not mean that the artwork would belong to the board, but rather was meant to allow the board to use only portions of the artist’s rendering for the shelters, or modify the artwork to fit on the shelter, if need be.


In an effort to avoid any confusion with this round of proposals, that portion of the criteria has been omitted.


Though the APP Board is not offering a payment in the form of cash to the successful designer, they are offering $500 in Chamber Checks, which can be used like cash at businesses around town. In addition, media releases will be issued featuring the winning artist, as well as recognition of the artist at a reception and ribbon cutting ceremony.


So far, Johnson said that she has received three proposals from artists in Albuquerque, Taos and Santa Fe. She also said that the Board plans on forming a subcommittee that will be include people from the transit division and perhaps someone from the transportation board, so that the process will be as inclusive as possible.


The board is seeking artists to create graphic images that can be sandblasted onto the back glass panels of the bus shelters.


If interested in the project contact Johnson, the Art in Public Places Board liaison, at 505-663-1755. Packets containing information on the project are available at her office at Mesa Public Library.


Submissions of artwork will be due by the end of the day on March 9.