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Check out a book, and an artwork, in Park City

People checking out a book at the Park City Library and Education Center will have a chance to check out a piece of art as well.

Park City officials are readying to begin the search for an artist to create a piece as a major renovation of the Old Town building continues. City Hall sets aside money for art in the budgets of capital projects like the renovation of the Library and Education Center.

The Park City Public Art Advisory Board, a municipal panel, is discussing an artwork at the Library and Education Center. The Public Art Advisory Board typically has a role as an artwork is selected for public projects.

Jenny Diersen, a special events coordinator at City Hall and the staffer assigned to work with the Public Art Advisory Board, said officials are in the beginning stages of crafting a request for proposals for an artwork for the building. It was not clear when the request for proposals will be issued. A timeline for the artwork itself was also not known.

Diersen said a draft of the request for proposals contemplates asking artists to design a piece for the entry hall of the Library and Education Center. She said options for the artwork include a painting, a sculpture, a photograph, an interactive piece or a multimedia creation.

The Library and Education Center remains under construction as it is transformed into a 21st century facility. The work includes a series of technological upgrades, environmentally friendly systems and an addition to the north side of the building. The work started in June and officials anticipate the project will be completed in the coming June. The work is expected to cost $9.3 million.

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Park City leaders have long desired to splash municipal construction projects with artworks, including, as examples, an installation outside the south entrance of the Marsac Building and one outside the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center.

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