Cd’A solicits votes on the Four Corners artwork

Coeur d’Alene residents have until late Thursday to vote on one of the six proposals to represent the new Four Corners art project.

Once chosen, created and installed, the new project will be located on the southwest corner of Northwest Boulevard and Fort Grounds Drive, located near the Human Rights Education Institute, Carousel and Memorial Field.

The city, through its Arts Commission, launched its call for artists in August, seeking proposals that would reflect Coeur d’Alene’s commitment to human rights. The artists were invited to consider pieces that would set a welcoming tone to the neighborhood, affirm the city’s commitment to equality and human rights, individual dignity and respect for diversity, between other qualifications.

The city narrowed down submissions to six submissions from five separate artists.

According to artist CherylAnn Metcalf, the 12-foot-tall “We Have A Dream” sculpture is said to commemorate civil and human rights activists abroad and here at home. The bronze coin would honor legendary human rights figures such as Martin Luther King Jr., Anne Frank, Rosa Parks and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as well as local icons Chief Circling Raven, Dina Tanners, Father Bill Wassmuth, Tony Stewart and Marshall Mend.

“Come As You Are,” a 25-foot-by-25-foot steel piece, would have six larger-than-life figures gathered in a gathering place in what artists Jennifer Corio and Dave Frei describe as a congregation of races, genders. and backgrounds in a common space.

“We use the concept of gathering people as a nod to the Coeur d’Alene tribe and their history of coming together with other regional tribes in this region, which they have sometimes referred to as ‘The Gathering Place’,” Corio wrote in his explanation of submission to the city. “It was important for us to convey diversity through these sculptural figures.”

“Ensemble” would be a stainless steel sculpture measuring between 3 and 5 feet high, as well as between 10 and 14 feet in diameter. The play uses human figures at different stages of the game.

“I set out to develop a sculpture that achieves as many themes as possible without being literal,” wrote artist CJ Rench.

“Connected,” a 20 to 30 foot tall stainless steel piece, is said to reflect the natural beauty of the area by encapsulating the nearby landscape in different color combinations to highlight what Rench called the community’s commitment to it. social justice.

” Connected ‘brings all of these together to connect people to a place and highlights what a beautiful city, Coeur d’Alene really is and strives to be, “said Rench, who also proposed” Together “.

“The Spirit of Alene’s Heart,” a 6-foot-tall bronze statue, would feature a woman standing above four children, each engaged in some form of art or learning.

“I think education, the arts and our rich cultural heritage are still the best pathways to our future,” said artist Gareth Curtiss, “and the things we need to instill appreciation in our children.”

“The Monument of Peace and Unity” is said to be a 24-foot-tall plasma-cut steel tower depicting soaring doves flying over crowds of spectators.

“It will be a landmark at a major entrance to the city,” sculptor Ai Qiu Hopen wrote. “This will reflect the city’s longstanding commitment to human rights and human dignity.”

The project, which received a total budget of $ 75,000, is available for public review and vote in the news section of the city’s website, www.cdaid.org. The public vote will then be taken into consideration as part of the Arts Commission selection committee process. Once approved, the Arts Commission will make its recommendation to City Council. Once finalized, the piece will be created and installed no later than the end of the summer.

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