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Story last updated at 3:21 PM on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Council adopts City Hall art plan

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer


Photo by Michael Armstrong

"Fireweed," by Joshua Nordstrom of Tierra Tile, is one of the 1-percent for art works recently installed at Homer City Hall.

Now that construction is mostly complete of the Homer City Hall addition and renovation, one item on the punch list remains — a detail familiar to homeowners who have gone through their own remodeling projects. Where do you put back up all the art taken down during construction?

At Monday night's Homer City Council meeting, the council passed a plan suggested by the Public Arts Committee. Those display recommendations determine locations for art familiar to visitors to the Ralph Cowles Council Chambers and other public areas of City Hall. The plan also finds spots in the expanded building for art that has been in storage.

"So much of that has been in our inventory for years and hasn't been out there for the public to enjoy," Public Arts Committee Chair Angie Newby told the council.

Locations for art include:

• Three paintings by the late Halibut Cove artist and arts pioneer Diana Tillion, to go on the north wall of the elevator lobby;

• A painting of Brother Asaiah Bates by Sherry Greer, to go next to the city clerk's table in the council chambers;

• A large painting blending Homer and sister city Teshio, Japan, to go on the south wall of council chambers;

• A mural photograph of Homer citizens taken by Alan Parks, to go on the main hall downstairs from the clerk's office to the Planning Department.

The plan also determines locations for artistic gifts from Teshio, such as two Japanese swords, wall hangings, a warrior helmet and a wooden carved dish. A sculpture of an airplane propeller by metal sculptor Don Henry will go to the Homer Airport once a stand is purchased and built.

Arts committee member Gaye Wolfe has been working with city workers to select art for offices from the inventory, Newby said.

"I think that's really coming together very well," she said.

Some art, such as historical items, will be displayed on a rotating basis. The Public Arts Committee also recommended purchasing display cases and framing of art to protect and preserve it.

"I'm starting to see the art coming around the building," said council member Francie Roberts. "I appreciate the work from the Public Arts Committee.

As art in inventory gets displayed, new art purchased under the city's 1-percent for art program for the City Hall construction also has started to go up. "Southside Kachemak Bay, Grewingk Glacier," a metal panorama of the view across the bay from Homer by Tarri Thurman and Marlon Prazen of MooseRun Metalsmiths, was installed last month on the wall behind the council tables. "Fireweed," a tile mosaic by Joshua Nordstrom of Tierra Tile, was installed on the landing of the stairs.

Other 1-percent for art works to go in are "Five Bull Cans" by Keith Appel and "Compass Rose" by David Gerard of Gerard HouseWorks with Dan Gerard.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael. armstrong@homernews.com.