The City's First Public Art Commission
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Clive Mayor Les Aasheim is pleased to announce the installation of a new public art piece by Sarah Grant (represented by Olson-Larsen Gallery) titled What We Love About Clive. Located at the crossing guard/bus shelter at the intersection of NW 86th Street and Franklin Avenue, there are two 3 x 3 foot square recesses approximately 4" deep where the art will be placed.
Sarah has created seventy-two 6" tiles fabricated in concrete with dyed color variations. Each tile has textural engraving with contoured lines depicting the artistic imagery. The contoured lines are filled with colored slurry that complements the tile and the color theme of the streetscape improvements. The artistic theme and content of the tiles include: celebrate community, history, family, friendship, citizenship, stewardship, nature, city life, business, philanthropy, volunteerism, and responsibility.
The art piece makes it more than a bus shelter. It promotes a sense of belonging and a friendly space for school children, pedestrians, and those traveling through the area, stated Mayor Aasheim. What We Love About Clive was funded in part by a cultural enrichment grant from Bravo of Greater Des Moines and the West Des Moines Community School District, and produced by the Clive Public Art Program. The art will be installed the week of September 21, with a public dedication on Thursday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.
This is the first of several planned commissions from the City of Clive Public Arts Program. Established by charter in 2007, the City of Clive Public Art Program exists to promote aesthetic excellence and enhance the artistic vitality of Clive. The City of Clive Public Art Program encourages excellence in the city?s public and private art, architecture, landscape, and streetscapes to enhance a high quality of life and create a vivid sense of place.