The Rockwall City Council unanimously approved a public art fiberglass guitar project presented by the Art Commission.
County Judge and Chairman of the Art Commission stood before council to present the project.
At their November meeting, the Art Commission voted unanimously to recommend the fiberglass art project to City Council for their consideration and approval. Each fiberglass guitar measures approximately 5’ in stature; bases included they should stand approximately 6’. Guitars will be painted by local artists and the City’s “Free Live Music Capital of North Texas” logo will be included on the base of each guitar. The project embodies both the visual and performing arts.
The Commission has chosen five public venues for installation: San Jacinto Plaza, The Harbor, Ted Cain’s Corner Park, City Hall and Harry Myers Park. Five local artists volunteered to paint the guitars at no cost to the City. They include: Kenyon Walter, Nancy Kuntz, James Kuntz, Suzy Varner and Jake Bays. Samples of their work along with a few conceptual drawings are included in your packet. The Commission will return to Council in the coming weeks with the artists’ renderings for Council’s final approval.
The Art Commission is requested $5,500.00 from the Art in Public Places fund for the purchase of five fiberglass guitars, paint supplies, logo and concrete bases. Current Art fund balance is $77,000.00. Future CIP funds are projected at $63,000.00 bringing the overall balance to $140,000.00.
The Art Commission worked with City staff in the selection process of the venues listed above. Guitars will be mounted to a concrete base and situated in visible areas with high pedestrian traffic.
The target date for installation is June 2019 – with an unveiling and public display slated for Founders Day on May 18, 2019. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Concert by the Lake Music Series, providing an additional promotional opportunity this summer. The Commission recognizes this is a tight schedule and that it is dependent on manufacturing and delivery of statues.
The Council approved the project unanimously.
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