Feel free to comment here and through the avenues the city is providing. Below find the images of the three finalists and a description.
First, here’s the press release:
The City of Asheville is developing Asheville’s next public art in the 51 Biltmore Public Art Project on the exterior of the public parking garage next to the Aloft Hotel at 51 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville.
The next public comment period for the 51 Biltmore Public Art Project begins on April 4 with the First Friday Gallery Walk in downtown Asheville. The artists’ proposals will be on display at the Blue Spiral 1, 38 Biltmore Avenue, 5:00 to 8:00 pm during the Gallery Walk, and continue through April 6 during regular business hours. April 7 – 11 the proposals will be on display at the Aloft Hotel in the second floor lobby, 51 Biltmore Avenue, during regular operating hours. The public is invited to review and make comment on the proposals, with the option to select their preferred design. Comment can also be made on line at the City of Asheville website at www.ashevillenc.gov/parks during April 4-11.
“More than 50 people showed up at the first public forum in January and we received great input to support the artists’ concepts,” said Brenda Mills, Economic Development Specialist. “We want to continue the momentum with this week-long opportunity to help choose Asheville’s next piece of public art.”
Public input on the artists’ proposals will constitute 25% of the selection process. In addition to public comment, the Selection Panel will consider artistic merit, originality, appropriateness for the site; and practical factors such as maintenance, feasibility and budget.
The City issued a call for artists in September 2013. The finalists were chosen by a Selection Panel from an application pool of over 150 artists. The Public Art and Cultural Commission hosted a forum in January 2014 in which the public could meet the artists and provide comment to inspire them in their design proposals. Once the second round of public comment is complete, the Selection Panel will choose the final artwork. The public art installation is expected to be complete in fall 2014.
For more background on the selection process, and to see the artists’ proposals, go to the 51 Biltmore Public Art Project Page atwww.ashevillenc.gov/parks. For more information contact Basil Punsalan at 828-259-5552 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now here are the finalists, accompanied by a project description:
Alex Irvine (Santa Fe, NM) www.alexirvineceramics.com
Ian Wilkinson (Asheville, NC) www.ianthepainter.com
A stylized mural using painted surface and ceramic tile speaks to both the modern architecture of the Aloft
Hotel and to Asheville’s historical terracotta buildings. The mural features a central figure as a daydreamer as
she looks out over downtown Asheville as a place where creativity flourishes. In the background is an art deco
horseshoe pattern referencing the historic location of Asheville’s farrier (a person who shoes horses). The
horseshoe, a symbol of good luck, is hung open-end downward to spread luck to passersby.
Marc Archambault (Asheville, NC) www.hammerheadstoneworks.com
“Rio & Apu” is a pair of natural stone mosaics that celebrate the elemental forces that have shaped the Blue
Ridge Mountains, stone and water. Apu is the Inkan word for mountain spirit, and Rio is Spanish for river
that evokes moving water. Colorful stone, much of it natural to the Asheville area, will be used to fill the
mosaic pattern. The design speaks to the sense of place felt by many who live in the mountains, and how the
mountains and the rivers guide their lives. Asheville’s architecture is unique in its diversity with both old and
new buildings that creates a patchwork of style. The mosaic adds to the mix bridging the old with the new,
while keeping a clean line design reflects the modern aesthetic of the Aloft Hotel.
Mike Allison (Joelton, TN) www.fluidglassmovements.com
A metal and glasswork display of recycled pipes, water valves, pressure gages and glass water drops that
point to Asheville’s history and its most valuable natural resource, water. Up until the early 1880s, Asheville
residents collected water from public wells in the downtown area. Later a reservoir and pumping station was
built creating Asheville’s first public water infrastructure supply. People rarely imagine the intricate network of
underground pipes and gages that bring water from its source to the tap. The display brings the underground
infrastructure above ground in a playful manner that draws attention to them, and beautifies them in the visual
landscape of an art piece.