A panel charged with commissioning $1.5 million in local art for Sacramento’s downtown arena has identified several possible locations for art installations.
Potential sites include LED screens flanking the entrance to the arena; an approximately 565-foot section of the building along L Street; a plaza area between 5th and 7th streets; a berm site on the south side of the arena near the L Street entrance; and the 5th Street tunnel or underpass, said Shelly Willis, director of the city and county of Sacramento’s Art in Public Places Program.
The sites, discussed Monday by the Entertainment and Sports Center Public Art Panel, must be researched before any decisions are made, she said.
“The next step is to finalize the sites and opportunities for art, and the budget connected to those sites,” she said.
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With the arena scheduled for completion in October 2016, the panel and Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission are working under a tight time line to meet the goal of having the local artwork installed by the time the arena opens. Willis said she expects a request for qualifications to be issued for artists by the end of April and to have designs approved by the end of the summer.
The Sacramento City Council earlier this month voted to approve a contract with renowned artist Jeff Koons for an $8 million sculpture outside the arena. The agreement also dedicates $1.5 million to local art for the arena, the largest single expenditure on local public art in the city’s history. That money, most of it from a private donation by local art patron Marcy Friedman, was contingent upon the council approving the contract with Koons.
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