Argo Cascades art project: Public invited to meet 3 artists before they submit designs
The three artists being considered for the Argo Cascades public art project will be in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Aug. 3 to meet with the public.
City officials said there will be multiple opportunities for interested residents to speak with the artists and give input before designs are created.
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- Jann Rosen-Queralt — a site-specific artist and educator at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she was the lead artist for a large art installation at a Seattle wastewater treatment facility.
- Andy Dufford — a Colorado artist with Chevo Studios, he completed a pedestrian plaza design along the Ogden River in Utah as part of an effort to restore blighted sections of the river.
- Mags Harries and Lajos Heder — a married couple based in Massachusetts that has completed more than 30 public art installations with budgets up to $6 million.
The artists will be at the Farmers Market meeting with members of the public from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. before taking a tour of campus and downtown. The public is invited to hear the artists give presentations of their past work from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Workantile, 118 S. Main St.
In the afternoon, the artists will walk through the Cascades to learn about the site. Then another "meet the artists" event will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Argo Canoe Livery.
The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission selected the Cascades as a location for public art. City officials said the artwork will have a natural appearance and not interfere with park amenities.
A selection panel, with membership that included residents of the nearby neighborhoods, reviewed more than 50 submissions for the project and selected the three finalists.
The artist finalists will be asked to develop a design proposal for the location. Their initial designs will be received by the selection panel in the fall.
According to a request for artist qualification statements that went out in March, a budget of $115,000 has been established for the selected public art project. The budget must include all artist fees, materials, design, engineering consultation, insurance, travel, fabrication and installation.
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