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New Sculptures Unveiled at Boulevard Lake Sculpture Garden

October 7, 2010 – Members of the public joined in the unveiling of three sculptures today at the new Boulevard Lake Sculpture Garden. The works, produced by local artists Paul Wolfe, Roly Martin and the artist team of Sarah Link and James Woodbeck, were selected through an open competition administered by the City’s Public Art Program, with the theme of “Bird Sanctuaries in an Urban Forest.”

Wolfe’s playful artwork features a family of stylized partridges – a mother and her chicks out for a walk in the park; whereas Link and Woodbeck’s monumental work depicts a Peregrine Falcon seated on a rock symbolizing the Sibley Cliffs. Martin’s 16 foot high steel chair is dedicated to W. J. Lyon, who donated the land that has become Boulevard Lake Park.

“These remarkable works of art are another testament to the caliber of art being produced in our community by our local artists, and to the strength of the City’s rapidly developing Public Art Program,” said Mayor Peterson, who welcomed the artists and attendees. “We should all be very proud of these achievements.”

The competition was developed specifically for local artists to increase their knowledge and experience with public art.  In the early stages of the competition, a workshop series was provided to help familiarize artists with the City’s Public Art Program. They were provided with tips for developing their proposals and encouraged to participate in future, large-scale public art projects.

The Sculpture Garden is the result of collaboration between the City’s Recreation & Culture and Parks Divisions, with funding from the City’s Clean, Green & Beautiful Committee.

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Contact: Reana Mussato, Public Art Coordinator, 625-2365