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Aldermen to vote on art, fixtures for Crown Center

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Evanston aldermen Tuesday are scheduled to approve three contracts to purchase items needed to complete the new Robert Crown Community Center.

The deals include spending $325,000 with Blessing Hancock of Olympia, Washington, for public art at the center.

Blessing Hancock was one of five finalists for the project chosen last fall from a total of 261 proposals received.

The Evanston Arts Council in January recommended awarding the project to another finalist, New York artist Marc Fornes. Fornes plan called for an outdoor aluminum sculpture and performance space.

But after further evaluation of construction costs and feasibility, the Arts Council ended up recommending the award to Blessing Hancock in March.


A rendering of a detail of the sculpture with the Crown Center in the background.

Hancock describes the sculpture as a series of three ellipical rings with cutouts of figures engaged in sports activities. The rings would have interior LED lighting.

The contract calls for possible revisions to the design based on further meetings with the Arts Council.

The two other Crown Center contracts to be approved Tuesday include one for just over $408,000 to Forward Space of Chicago to purchase general purpose furniture and another for $40,454 to California-based Lakeshore Learning for preschool furniture.

All three Crown contracts are to be funded from general obligation bonds issued for the new Crown Center.

The aldermen are also scheduled to approve two other recreation-relation contracts Tuesday.

One will provide $585,000 to W. Construction, Inc. of Carol Stream for interior renovations at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center.

The other provides $463,637 to Hacienda Landscaping, Inc. for the Garden Park and Playground Renovation Project.

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