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Garage art light show up for vote

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A plan to add a second public art installation to the Sherman Plaza development is scheduled for a vote by Evanston's Human Service Committee this evening.

Illuminated panels in the elevator lobbies would be visible from the street.

A plan to add a second public art installation to the Sherman Plaza development is scheduled for a vote by Evanston's Human Service Committee this evening.

The Public Art Committee is recommending spending $75,000 to commission the artist team of Krivanek + Breaux to build and install the work in the elevator tower at the southwest corner of the parking garage at Davis Street and Benson Avenue.

Text, illuminated by spotlights mounted on the elevator cabs, would appear on the ground-level wall facing Benson Avenue.

The Krivanek + Breaux proposal was chosen by a nine-member selection committee as the the best of five proposals submitted by different artists from around the country.

Titled "Search & Effect," the project includes imagery, text and motion-activated lighting displayed in the garage lobby, elevator cars and elevator bay landing areas on each floor of the garage.

In a memo recommending the purchase, the Public Art Committee says, "The abstract nature of the imagery and text would allow for open-ended interpretations of the work over repeated viewings."

A diagram of the proposed installation.

The artists are B.J. Krivanek, a professor of visual communication at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Joel Breaux, an adjunct professor of architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

The committee says they've done similar works for the Los Angeles International Airport, the University of Florida and the Chicago Transit Authority, along with several other public entities.

The city's public art program allocates up to one percent of the cost of new municpal construction projects for acquisition of public art.

The garage project has already led to placement of Takashi Soga's "Sea of the Ear Ring '07" sculpture at the northwest corner of Sherman Avenue and Davis Street.

The new project will also require approval of the full City Council.

Related document

The art project proposal (.pdf)

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