A panel of Sacramento artists and designers agreed Wednesday to seek proposals for public art at up to four locations around the city’s new NBA arena. The art panel will seek proposals for an LED installation on the arena’s exterior. It has a budget of $1.5 million for local art.
A massive mural at the downtown depot is a monumental work of art. It depicts the launching of the construction of the transcontinental railroad in 1863. Now a cleaning and restoration process is underway to remove nearly a century of dirt and nicotine stains.
Ending months of speculation, the Sacramento Kings and development partner JMA Ventures said Monday that the Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants chain will operate the 250-room hotel being developed at Downtown Plaza. Kimpton, based in San Francisco, is a boutique hotel operator whose properties are known for luxury accommodations and stylish decor.
Despite losses, Sacramento Kings’ popularity with fans is strong. The home season ends Monday with the team’s highest average attendance since 2007. The team says season tickets for the new arena, opening in 2016, could sell out.
The suit against arena financing, scheduled for June 22, is misguided. It purports to save money but actually may cost taxpayers millions. By not locking into interest rates now, the tab can be $80 million.
The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission’s arena art panel will hold a public meeting from noon to 2 p.m. inside Room 1119 in Sacramento City Hall, 915 I St. Arts officials said they are anticipating a large crowd.
There’s probably not a place in the new downtown for a guy like Jafar Nassar, who runs a little shop called Jade Liquor on Seventh Street. Construction on the new Kings arena has started a block away, and his business is taking a huge hit.
The $8 million sculpture that Jeff Koons is creating for the plaza in front of Sacramento’s new NBA arena has polarized the city in recent weeks. That’s nothing new for Koons, whose work has long divided his audience into lovers and haters. Some critics extol Koons as a pop art genius; others deride his work as commercial kitsch.
After nearly three hours of passionate testimony from local artists and philanthropists, the Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night to approve a contract with renowned artist Jeff Koons for an $8 million sculpture outside the downtown sports arena.
Kings co-owners Vivek Ranadive and Mark Mastrov have asked a court to dump a lawsuit by lobbyist Darius Anderson, who claims he was promised a chance to invest in the team. They say Anderson “takes a remarkable amount of credit for a half-billion-dollar deal to which he did not contribute a cent.”