Making a splash: Tail of the Whale sculpture to be installed at 8th Ave. S. beachend
|By Aisling Swift, Naples Daily News, Fla.|
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The Naples Public Arts Committee voted 3-1 Tuesday to place the kinetic sculpture by
"I'm looking at this piece as a really striking marketing piece for the Public Arts Program," Committee Chairman
"From the experience I've had in other places, once you have the first one up, they'll be lining up to show you their sculptures," Williams said of artists and donors. "This is an art-friendly town where people will appreciate it."
The city has more than
"It's going to be a call-out for artists," Singer said of plans to publicize a donation program that would require artists or donors to deliver art, install it and insure it.
Most public art around
Last month, council approved spending
"It's really an outdoor sculpture," Burke said in a telephone interview. "It should be outside."
Under the city's public arts ordinance, council had to qualify the artist's credentials and approve the art. Robins was unanimously approved due to his education, experience, five art show awards -- and because his art has been commissioned by five cities, including
Last month, council agreed to accept the sculpture and pay up to
"You could impale yourself," Councilman
Until last month, when city employees put it in storage pending the PAC vote, the whale was at Burke's
Burke assuaged city officials' concerns that the 5-foot-long, 2-foot high sculpture would move in the wind -- unless there was a strong hurricane.
"If it's spinning, you'd better get out of town," he joked.
This week, the Public Arts Committee, with three members absent, debated four locations, rejecting the Hedges Family Visitors Center because there weren't enough visitors and cars would race by, not noticing it. Members chose the beach location over
Even bird poop was considered -- a problem if birds perched on it in a
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