My current project with the City of Boise is to create something for Hobble Creek Park. This is just the beginning stage; I will design something cool, make a proposal, & it will then have to be approved by a bunch of different committees involved with public art, Parks & Rec, etc.
I have until the 17th of March to get a proposal in for the next round of meetings.... My plan must include a finished design, placement in the park & why, the idea/story behind the design, safety & maintenance considerations, and at least a pre-lim engineering plan for foundation work & structural integrity. The approvals process will take a month, at least: & the hope is that everything is ok & we can start in on fabrication right after to install asap. So far, I really have no plan.... A vague idea, but that's about it... I do have the placement figured out: in the photo below; the middle of the planter. The park is set up around baseball fields & a big soccer field: this planter is right in the middle; next to the building: which is the gathering area---there is a concession stand & plans for a shelter, so this is the center of activity for the park...I have these big square poles that are around 12 feet tall; they came from the scrap yard & I've been holding onto them for a project like this. I want to use one pole; right in the middle of the planter, & create a kinetic sculpture that will go on top; something wind driven. Since the park is all about play & sports, I think the artwork should be a reflection of this; it should be colorful, have movement, be fun, & serve as a guidepost or landmark for the park.
As you can see from the plans; this location is really the only one that makes sense: unless I put something along the outside perimeter of the park--but that seems like it would remove the artwork from the people who are going to be using the park.
So, I have a couple weeks to put together a plan....this is always the scary part; waiting for the right ideas/inspiration. There is no forcing this part of the process, it happens on its own... Kevin is starting to get a bit freaked out, but I know that it will come & I can put together a plan fairly quickly. I would rather delay the process, than propose something that I'm not completely happy with, so for now, I will study & look for inspiration; maybe go to the scrap yards--might find just the right piece of something that will make the whole process take off :) Any ideas?