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Sacramento City Council approves two art installations at Golden 1 Center

Sacramento artist Gale Hart is planning this installation outside Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento.
Sacramento artist Gale Hart is planning this installation outside Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento.

The Sacramento City Council approved contracts Tuesday night for two art installations at Golden 1 Center, including one work by well-known Sacramento artist Gale Hart.

Hart’s contract with the city is for $283,500 and will fund her untitled work that will depict a deconstructed dartboard along L Street, between Fifth and Seventh Streets near the southern entrance to the arena.

The installation will feature 10-foot, stainless-steel-and-fiberglass darts sticking out of the ground and a dartboard missing its numbers and bull’s-eye. The numbers will surround the installation as benches and bollards, and the bull’s-eye will sit in a large bronze hand.

Hart said the work is a commentary on competition.

“What if we didn’t keep score?” she told The Sacramento Bee last month. “Is keeping score good or is it a hindrance?”

The other work approved by the City Council will be an audio installation by San Francisco’s William Fontana. His contract with the city is for $330,750.

Funding for the installations is coming out of a $1.3 million budget for regional public art at the $507 million arena. Most of that – $1 million – came from a donation from art patron Marcy Friedman; the Sacramento Kings and the city are splitting the rest. The project is part of the city’s Art in Public Places program, which requires part of public construction budgets be set aside for public art.

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis

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