Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Education Corridor Roundabouts Public Art To Be Dedicated October 24th

The City of Coeur d’Alene is pleased to announce that new public art is scheduled to be dedicated on Wednesday, October 24th. The art piece entitled “Trilogy” by local artist Michael Horswill, consists of three abstract, figurative totems uniting the stories of three groups in our community: the members of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and their ancestral meeting place; the students, teachers, and staff members of the Education Corridor; and the wider community of Coeur d’Alene that is building a future of creative possibilities. The art piece entitled “The Gift” by Oregon artist C. J. Rench, depicts two hands reaching toward the sky holding an abstract drop of water, paying tribute to the Coeur d’Alene lake and how it is the center of the history, community, and the entire area. The last art piece by local artist Allen Dodge, consists of a large circular saw with a banner of brightly colored vitreous enamel “bead work,” a true to life example of traditional Coeur d’Alene tribal artwork. The statues were commissioned by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission, which consists of a twelve-member panel that is appointed by the Mayor and serves a three-year term. The Public Art Ordinance, adopted in June of 1999, established funding of public art that provides public visibility and impact.

The dedication ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the River & Hubbard Roundabout. Mayor Bloem will officiate and immediately following the dedication ceremony, the Fort Ground Grille will host a reception with coffee and refreshments.

For more information on the Education Corridor Roundabouts public art project, please call Steve Anthony, Arts Commission liaison, at 769-2249.