Thursday March 30, 2017
Three proposals are being considered for a public art display on Market Street. The art installation will be located near the soon-to-be constructed Market Street Pond, which will be the gateway to City Center Park.
South Burlington’s Public Art Committee was charged with selecting art for the Market Street project. Committee members began the process last fall with a call for artists to come forward with proposals to produce public art for this location. This is one of a very few pieces of art commissioned by the city; $50,000 has been earmarked for the project.
Seven artists participated in the process and the committee has narrowed the proposals down to three. The artists chosen as finalists have extensive portfolios of prior public work.
On March 6 at Tuttle Middle School, prior to the city’s Pre-Town Meeting, the artists presented their proposals.
The committee is looking for feedback from the community before the final selection is made. Comments will be accepted from the public through Monday, April 3. The models of the artists’ ideas, pictured below, are currently on display in the lobby of City Hall. They can also be viewed on the city website, www.sburl.com.
Work on Market Street and City Center Park will begin this summer.
Top: ELIZABETH BILLINGS & ANDREA WASSERMAN
Surrounding the pond are numerous trees, which would be incorporated into “Echo.” Highly polished stainless steel mirrors would be installed on trees so as to reflect light and movement, providing an added dimension or perspective on the area. In the areas closest to walking paths, the mirrors would be etched with the verses from a local poet, written about South Burlington.
Vendituoli’s proposal is for 5 larger-than-life sized geese, captured in bronze in various stages of activity. Five-feet high at their tallest points, the geese are meant to be touched and encourage interaction. Additionally, there are to be goslings as part of this flock. The artist’s hope is that visitors to the area will interact with the geese, hold them in their memory, and continue to come back to visit.
Ferris’ proposal is a sculpture comprised of stone and wood finished with gold on each end. It would be placed in the pond itself and rise above the water. This sculpture is about a sense of gesture. The stone disc seems poised to move, like a wheel going down the slope of the wood, adding to the energy of the shape as it rises at the small end. The curving steel beam reflects the wood’s form and adds to the lift as if holding a dancer in the air.