Public Art Proposal Capitol View Neighborhood Oklahoma City
Capitol View Public Art Proposal
Title: One and the Same
Materials: Painted steel, concrete footings, gravel, fasteners, evergreen ground cover.
Dimensions: 9’ x 9’ x 5’-6” (not including groundcover)
Design NOT Chosen, deemed too dangerous...
Capitol View neighbors made two requests; that the artwork is colorful and that it's centered around butterflies.
Idea: a symbolic representation in art of a ubiquitous butterfly and flower crafted to appear alike; they are one-and-the-same. In fact they are one and symbiotic; pollination and sustenance.
The consistency in design will tie the two locations within the neighborhood together. The installations will be unique to each other using color and content. One flower will host a symbolic butterfly, the other a uniquely monarch caterpillar.
The art work will appear to vibrate when viewed from a moving car. The layers of contours and shapes and colors of the volumetric sculpture move through each other as experienced from moving traffic. Ideally this visual hook will entice neighbors to stop, get out of their car, and visit the new work and perhaps sparking a discussion with neighbors about the commons they are fortunate to share.
The design is made to discourage typical tagging in public spaces. A perimeter ground cover should also prevent kids from climbing the work. It is also not so tall as to cause injury should a kid try to climb on it. The nature of the design does not invite climbing.