The City of Santa Clarita’s selection committee have nominated three finalists to create a prominent art piece to be implemented on a median on Newhall Ranch Road, according to city officials.
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The art piece is expected to fit a contemporary industrial theme and will serve as a gateway to the community of Valencia and the Industrial Center as motorists travel on Newhall Ranch Road, adjacent to Vanderbilt Way. The final selected artist is expected to receive a budget of $15,000 to cover all costs of the project.
The three finalists are Christopher Weed from Colorado; John Searles from Michigan and partnership Idelle Tyzbir and Dianne Foderaro from Santa Clarita.
“Dianne Foderaro and I were looking for something that was a common element in Industry when we were coming up with ideas for this public art piece,” said finalist Idelle Tyzbir
“We’ve worked on the Iron Horse Trailhead on Magic Mountain Parkway so we’d love the opportunity to contribute another piece to the Santa Clarita community,“ according to her statement.
The three finalists are expected to present their final proposals to the Artist Selection Committee on August 26. Each finalist selected was given a $200 stipend to develop his or her concept design proposals.
The Artist Selection Committee is expected to nominate their final selection and request approval by the Arts Commission for their final artist selection on September 12.
The installation of the public art piece is expected to occur in late 2013, according to Jeff Barber, City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events Supervisor.
“Reviewing the proposals was an interesting part of the process,” said Barber. “I am looking forward to seeing the tangible result of this public art project.”
KHTS AM 1220 was unable to reach Christopher Weed and John Searles for comment.
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Source: Santa Clarita News