(Life Lines by Michael Stutz | Photo courtesy of Art in Public Places)
Models of the proposed art sculptures for Alpenglow Community Park (located at 61049 SE 15th Street) will be on display at the downtown Bend Deschutes Public Library through January 29 and at the Larkspur Community Center from January 31-February 7. Community members of all ages are invited to review and provide input on the three finalist’s works of art mutually selected by the Art in Public Places committee, Bend Park & Recreation District staff and Bend Park & Recreation Foundation members. The sculpture selected will be included in the public art collection for Bend Park & Recreation District.
At 37 acres in size, Alpenglow Community Park will provide a wide array of recreational activities for users of all ages and abilities while retaining the natural characteristics of the existing landscape. This new community park is expected to open by summer 2022. The sculpture will be located in a native grass area west of the event pavilion, directly adjacent to the park’s central pathway. This open area can be seen from various vantage points throughout the park, and the sculpture is envisioned as becoming a focal point for everyone enjoying the park.
“The caliber of responses to the call for artists was extraordinary and we reviewed excellent submissions,” said Romy Mortensen, president of Art in Public Places.” The finalists are three very talented artists with international portfolios, and we eagerly welcome the public input to help select a piece that speaks to our community.”
The three finalists were selected from a call to artists that attracted over 85 submissions. The three artists are Troy Pillow from Seattle; Michael Stutz from Fallbrook, California; and Joshua Wiener from Boulder, Colorado. The selected art sculpture is anticipated to be installed in late fall 2022.
“Art brings community together, and parks are very much the same way,” said Ian Isaacson, landscape architect and project manager, Bend Park and Recreation District. “Southeast Bend is growing and changing rapidly, and Alpenglow Park will become a hub of community gathering. The art sculpture will add to the outdoor experience and we’re excited to have public input help inform the final selection.
Art in Public Places has created a page on the website offering the community the opportunity to contribute their public input online. For the first time, AIPP welcomes public comments online, increasing community engagement with new public art in Bend. Images of the three models can be found at artinpublicplaces.org/public-input.html.
Funding for the public art is from the Bend Foundation, a nonprofit founded and funded by Brooks Scanlon and Brooks Resources Corporation. Art in Public Places is a nonprofit organization that provides art to various locations throughout the city of Bend.