New art sought for Coalville
March 27, 2012
It’s time for the next round of sculptures to be displayed for the public in Coalville. A new set will replace the fire-breathing dragon, walking television and bronze bird feeder that lined the streets last year. The Summit County Art Advisory Committee is now accepting applications from artists who wish to display their artwork in Coalville as part of the city’s artscape project.
Artscape Chair Lola Beatlebrox said that last year, they had 10 applications for the open spots, so far this year they only have one.
"We have had a couple of inquiries but only one formal application," she said. "We are accepting nine pieces this year to be displayed in Coalville along with the Leaf Dancer, which won last year’s People’s Choice Award and was purchased by the city and a piece called Cradle which was donated by Bill Kranstover."
There are no material or size restrictions on the pieces, only that they are able to be outside for a year without needing maintenance. The application is available to any artist in the country and Beatlebrox said they have also sent out the word to the Utah Art Council to try to attract artists outside of Summit County.
The only difference this year is that Coalville will not be purchasing one of the artscape pieces.
"The Leaf Dancer, which was chosen by online voting last year, cost the maximum amount [$5,000] so Coalville wanted to skip a year of purchasing a piece and just have them displayed as public works of art," Beatlebrox said. "People should enter their pieces this year because often a gallery cannot accommodate a large sculpture but we can. During the summer, the rodeo and county fair are in Coalville so there are a lot of visitors who will see the sculptures."
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The deadline for submissions was April 4 but in order to attract more applicants Beatlebrox said they will probably extend it until April 24. The pieces should be ready to be displayed by May 1. The statues will be on display for one year.
Coalville residents are excited to have a new batch of statues adorning their town. Beatlebrox said the sculptures last year were a huge hit and really "dressed Coalville up."
To submit a sculpture for artscape visit http://www.summitcounty.org/publicart/