Courtesy of Los Angeles City Council offices of Jose Huizar
LOCAL ARTISTS BENCHED: Public meetings at the Las Vegas Arts Commission were packed with artists and administrators seeking details on a rare public art opportunity . . . Not So Fast: It was clear the artist qualifications means they know about fabrication, and experience with bureaucracy, which leaves out many local artists. It may require a national search on a short deadline . . . Kristen Peterson covers it thoroughly and adds her two cents to in anticipation of a “post-install complaining process that accompanies public art projects.”
MY TWO CENTS: Those same meetings made it clear that decisions were made before reaching out to Las Vegas Arts Commission, and the arts community. If the project was brought up earlier, other ideas could have been shared. Some could reflect the 18b, or any neighborhood getting new benches. The street scape could have been a collaboration between local artist and government agency. There's a case study in Los Angeles, where in 2013, the bench space uses for advertising was switched out for some fine art. Reinventing the bus bench would be interesting to see. Adapting a standard design allows for more participation.
From LV Arts Commission:
Above: Stephen Hendee created sculpture for the celebration of 30 years of public art programming in the City of Las Vegas.