City Hall prepares to spend up to $84,000 on a sculpture |

City Hall prepares to spend up to $84,000 on a sculpture

by Jay Hamburger THE PARK RECORD

Park City wants to mix athletics and art.

City Hall is seeking sculptors who are qualified to create a piece to stand outside the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center. The facility recently opened at the site where the Racquet Club once stood. Park City leaders have long incorporated art pieces into municipal projects. There is typically money a small percentage of the overall project cost — set aside in the budgets for the pieces.

Officials recently posted what is known as a request for qualifications from sculptors. The posting says City Hall wants a piece designed with "fun, yet, functional design elements." The sculpture is wanted to "create a welcoming experience" for people heading to the Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center and "reflect the active lifestyle of Park City residents and visitors." The piece would sit on the entry plaza.

City Hall has up to $84,000 to spend on the sculpture, according to the posting. It indicates the sculpture cannot be taller than 28 feet, which is the maximum allowed height under zoning rules at the site.

"All artwork should be cost effective and durable due to exposure to the elements and the considerable amount of snowfall in Park City," the posting says.

The deadline for the submissions is March 2. City Hall’s Public Art Advisory Board is scheduled to review the submissions on March 12. Up to five finalists will be selected on April 9.

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The finalists will submit their ideas by May 7. The Public Art Advisory Board will review the ideas a week later, followed by a recommendation of a sculptor to the Park City Council at an undetermined time. The City Council holds the authority to accept or reject the recommendation. The elected officials must authorize the money being spent.

City Hall has for years commissioned artworks as a part of public-sector projects. Examples include a sculpture that recently debuted outside the Marsac Building and a mural and sculptures at the Old Town transit center.

Questions about the search for a sculptor should be submitted to Sharon Bauman, a City Hall staffer who works closely with the Public Art Advisory Board. Her e-mail address is