Proposed locations for ART OnSite projects up for discussion

The Nevada City Council on Wednesday will consider proposed locations for the ART OnSite project, including four in the downtown city limits.

The project received $25,000 in funding from the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts and its “Our Town” project to support the placement of public artwork along the Tribute Trail. Project partners include Nevada County Arts, The Sierra Fund and City of Nevada City, among others.

A City Hall memo discusses the proposed sites for the first time, though they are up for review and comment. All are California artists and one is local.

The installation of their artwork is set for the fall of this year.

•”Unused Pieces” by Richard Baker — Factory Street and continuing along the Trail. “This project proposes installing about six digital ‘trail cameras’ in wild and urban settings. The cameras will record happenings and Mr. Baker would then create a ‘living show of images collected along the trail in weather-proof frames that are attached either to existing elements or installed elements (metal or wood post).”

•”Untitled” by Lisa K. Blatt — Factory Street and continuing along Trail. “The art proposes a “waterproof list of 12 experimental simple interactions that will focus on the viewer’s attention on particular history, sights, sounds and experiences” within the trail section.

•”It Calls From the Creek” by Matthew Herbert, Jared Stanley and Gabie Strong. This project proposed 14 objects in a combination of all-weather hand-cranked speaker boxes, concrete pavers and placards, to be placed at various points along the trail. Each placard will include a small amount of writing by a poet and feature consistent designs. The project will create a “walking poem” that considers the impact humans have had on the watersheds of California.

•”Listening Station” by Paolo Salvagione and Jenny Berry — Downtown Boardwalk. This project provides a rendering of wooden seat and handle with a metal “listening station” or “ear.” The piece will have two pivots (one in ground which allows the piece to rotate 360 degrees and another at the end of the handle, which will allow the “ear” to be aimed). The “ear” of the project will resemble one half of a paddle from the Pelton wheel. The project will require a post with concrete.

Four other projects are to be located outside city limits. For more details go cc-apr10-01a_001 and here.

“We considered not only artistic merit and qualifications, but also very basic criteria such as: does this artist work in materials that will lend themselves to the outdoors; does this artist have experience responding to a site, with materials that will survive the elements, and with works that will help expand the visitor’s awareness while they’re on the site,” said juror Kathryn Reasoner.

(photo: ART OnSite)

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