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Santa Clarita Looks At Several Projects OK'd By Arts Commission

Santa Clarita Looks At Several Projects OK’d By Arts Commission

Santa Clarita City Council members are set to discuss three more art projects that have been approved by Arts Commission members at their Oct. 10 meeting.

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Arts Commission members selected three artists and their concept proposals for three different public art projects at the Commission’s October 10, 2013, meeting.

The budget for each of the three projects is $15,000, totalling $45,000, which includes everything from design to transportation and insurance of the projects.

The three projects that are set to be discussed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting are: the Newhall Ranch Road Art Project, the Magic Mountain Interstate-5 Exit Art Project and the Valencia Library Art Project.

After a site and budget are approved, the Santa Clarita Arts Commission is involved in several steps for projects, although the City Council has the ability to usurp a decision, as was the case with the selection of the Newhall Roundabout’s art piece.

If interested, city officials are encouraging residents to voice their opinions on what they feel is the best option for the Newhall Roundabout here.

The city of Santa Clarita has installed 11 projects since the formation of the Arts Commission in December 2009.

The most recent of which is the McBean Regional Transit Center project, which was installed last month.

The Newhall Ranch Road project

The City of Santa Clarita has identified a public art project to be located on Newhall Ranch Road, A proposed art project for Newhall Ranch Road in Santa Claritanear the intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and Rye Canyon Road.

The budget for the project is $15,000 and the funding will come from Landscape Maintenance District Zone 2008-1.

The commission voted to select Christopher Weed for his Proposal 2 concept.

The concept is called the “Unexpected Sunflower,” three 14- to 17-foot tall columns, two of which having sculptures on the top that represent sunflowers.

“These installations represent the ever-changing transition taking place in Santa Clarita, where old meets new, without forgetting the past,” according to the artist’s proposal.

The Magic Mountain Parkway project

The City of Santa Clarita identified an art project as a community entry art piece along Magic Mountain Parkway and theIdeas from a proposed art project for the Magic Mountain Parkway off-rampexit from the 5 Freeway (North).

The artwork will be situated prominently on a large wall at the intersection of Magic Mountain Parkway and the off ramp from Interstate 5.

This project is funded through the City’s Landscape Maintenance District Zone 2008-1 with a total budget of $15,000.

“Four oak leaves dance across the off-ramp wall,” according to the artist’s presentation. Each leaf has its own unique shape and curvature.”

The leaves are expected to be about 8 feet wide by 14 feet long, with about a foot of depth taken from the wall.


The Valencia Library project

The city of Santa Clarita Capital Improvement Projects Division is currently working on a project to reconfigure and expand the section of the parking lot at the Valencia Library between the library and Valencia Boulevard, and a public art piece has been included in the project, according to the city’s agenda.

The location for the art piece is adjacent to the entrance off of Valencia Boulevard.

“‘Imag_ne’ is a proven and successful piece of public art, designed to engage and delight a diverse public audience,” according to the artist’s presentation.

This project is funded through the Capital Improvement Projects Division with a total budget of $15,000.

The project that was proposed for near the Valencia Library's entrance in Santa Clarita

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