The Public Art Committee is currently focused on “Something New,” a project which will place sculptures in three outdoor locations in Winslow. The infrastructure at each site will be permanent. However, the artwork on display won’t be. Instead, a new collection of sculptures will be selected and rotated in annually, offering Bainbridge Island “something new” year after year. The project will provide both a dynamic public art experience and an ongoing opportunity for sculptors to exhibit their work.
“The popularity of the new ‘Tribute Baskets’ sculptures at the Waypoint shows that outdoor art can really enhance our public spaces,” said PAC Chair Carl Sussman. “‘Something New’ is an opportunity to bring more public art to the island at low cost, providing a great amenity for islanders and visitors alike.”
Estimated costs for the program are about $13,000 per year, after a $15,000 startup cost to construct plinths, or concrete bases, in the chosen locations. Funding would come from the City’s dedicated Public Art Fund which, under City Ordinance 3.80, is supported by 2% of eligible components of certain public works projects.
As a next step, AHB will issue a Call For Art for the first round of sculptures. Submissions will be accepted from across our region. The Call will go out in early January 2018, and selected works should be installed in April 2018.
PAC’s most recently completed project, “Tribute Baskets” by Portland artist Christine Clark, exemplifies all the benefits of public art. Located just off the ferry in Waypoint Park, the sculptures represent four cultures (Suquamish, Japanese, Filipino, and Scandinavian) of historical importance to Bainbridge Island. Clark’s pieces beautify a prominent public space with eye-catching symbols of our community’s living history.
The artist said her vision was “to have the sculptures nestle nicely in the garden-scape of Waypoint… and become residents of the park, quiet observers watching people walk past while subtly holding the island’s rich history, welcoming people home while also greeting newcomers.”A professor and department head at Oregon College of Art and Craft, Clark is an accomplished artist who specializes in curvilinear and volumetric forms. She described her approach to art as “embedding a little bit of history into daily life.” “History is such an important part of who we are, and is often taken for granted,” she said. “It enriches the attitudes of our inhabitants and makes one appreciate where they came from and where they live.”
About the Public Art Program
Artist Roy Adzak once said, “Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.” That statement holds the answer to why we need public art in our community.
We believe Bainbridge Island needs public art. Cities gain cultural, social and economic value when they integrate art into their public spaces. Public art also distinguishes Bainbridge Island as a unique and culturally active community. Perhaps most importantly, public art humanizes the built environment and invigorates public spaces.
The City’s Public Art Program is administered by AHB’s Public Art Committee (PAC). Find out more about this partnership by visiting COBI’s website.
PAC is responsible for proposing new works to the City Council, assisting with design and implementation of installations, and advising the City on maintenance of the existing collection. The Committee meets monthly.
2017 Public Art Committee members include Carl Sussman (chair), Susan Arens, Sandy Fischer, Bill Baran-Mickle, Grace Harris, and Steve Rabago.
If you are interested in volunteering as a committee or jury member, contact email@example.com.
Bainbridge Island’s Public Art Collection
Click here for a list of the Bainbridge Island Public Art Collection.
Artists of our Public Art Collection
Phillip Baldwin | Gayle Bard | Christine Clark | Patrick Crogha | Craig Jacobrown | Devin Johnson | Virginia Keyser | Carolyn Law | Robert Lucas | Steven Maslach | Mesolini Glass | Bruce Myers | Erin Shie Palmer | Cecil Ross | Maggie Smith | Kristin Tollefson | Michele G. VanSlyke | Elizabeth White