Evanston’s Parking Committee Wednesday night approved plans for a new public art installation atop the Maple Avenue Garage downtown.
The project, proposed by artist Hubertus von der Goltz of Berlin, Germany, will cost the city $105,000, and officials are in a bit of a rush to complete it before the end of the year, when the tax increment financing district that’s providing the funds is scheduled to go out of existence.
The design, recommended by the city’s Public Art Committee, calls for two dark-painted aluminum figures in silouette to perch on a steel beam overhanging the garage roof.
Parking Committee members conditioned their approval on assurances from staff that they’d figure out how to secure the rooftop so that nobody tried to join the characters on the beam or drape objects from the work.
As far as we know, no name has yet been proposed for the sculpture, so we think it’s the right moment to have a little contest in the comments section of this story to come up with ideas.
If you don’t like “Two Guys Who Forgot Where They Parked” — what would you suggest instead?
You can see more of von der Goltz’s work on his website and on Wikimedia Commons. The art project still requires approval of the full City Council.
(Above: A rendering of how the sculpture would look atop the garage that was part of the packet presented to the Parking Committee.)