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Police station artwork sought

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

City Hall is seeking ideas from artists who want to create pieces to hang in the new police station.

The city in October issued a request for ideas, and they are due by Dec. 14. Sharon Bauman, who handles the local government’s public-art program, says the artwork will hang on the north wall of the police station’s lobby and its east wall.

It will be placed on the upper parts of the walls, above eye level, Bauman says.

Officials have not specified a theme, but a City Hall art advisory board has indicated it wants the works to portray Park City. The pieces do not have to include a law-enforcement element.

"Going to the police station may not be the most pleasant experience," Bauman says, adding, "We just want something to liven up the place, explain what this community is about."

The city has set a budget at between $40,000 and $57,500, a sum equal to 1 percent of the overall cost of the police station.

Four Utah artists attended a recent meeting about the pieces, and Bauman says the city has received inquiries from abroad, including from artists in the United Kingdom and the Philippines.

Park City has long been proud of its public-art projects, and prominent ones include a large mural at the Old Town transit center, the transit center muse sculptures and artistic bus shelters.

A schedule City Hall published indicates artists will be selected in January, the Park City Council will be asked to approve deals with the artists in February and the works will be installed in August.

For more information, call Bauman at 615-5184 or e-mail her at bauman@parkcity.org. Additional information is available on City Hall’s Web site, http://www.parkcity.org. Once at the front page of the site, choose the ‘Open RFP’s’ link and scroll to the link to ‘Public Art for Police Facility RFP.’

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