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  • Cathy O'Connor

Public art enriches Oklahoma City

On Tuesday, the City Council approved the agreement for a public art installation outside of the new municipal courts building on Couch Drive.

The art was selected from among 43 submissions. The artist, Krivanek + Breaux/Art + Design, will create a series of sculptures with inscriptions that symbolize the significance of the municipal court in our network of social values, needs and conflicts. The sculptures will be installed in approximately five months.

The call for artists and selection of the winning project was organized by the Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs. The city created the department in 2012 to advise the City Council on artistic, cultural and aesthetic matters to ensure the city will be attractive and culturally rich. The department also advises and coordinates ideas on the allocation of funds from the city’s ordinance that 1 percent of construction budgets for public projects be dedicated to public art. This ordinance has been in place for just a few years, but the benefits are already being realized.

Last month, a bronze sculpture was installed and dedicated at Military Park to honor Vietnam War soldiers. Oklahoma artist Nick Bayer recently completed the 3-D mural in the pool area at the first MAPS 3 Senior Health and Wellness Center in northwest Oklahoma City.

Read the full article at The Journal Record

Photo credit: Krivanek + Breaux/Art + Design

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