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- Public Art for the Rawlins Community- People's Choice
Joshua Wiener has been selected through people’s choice as the artist to sculpt the first piece of permanent art in downtown Rawlins as part of the Public Art for the Rawlins Community (PARC).
The PARC committee originally selected 3 finalists who then submitted a conceptual design on February 1, 2014 during an artist reception held at the Rainbow Te-ton Entrepreneur center in Rawlins. The public had the opportunity to vote during the reception as well as online voting which was open February 1, 2014 through February 10, 2014.
“The artwork is the outline of two hawks. The hawks create a beautiful line that swells and thins like a brush stroke. I will sculpt the two hawks in my studio. The sculptures will be powder coated steel which is durable and low maintenance. I will make sure the sculptures have smooth edges so they will be enjoyable to touch. Each hawk will be approximately 20’x 6’x 7”.” Said Artist Joshua Wiener.
The goal of Public Art for the Rawlins Community (PARC) with this project was to secure permanent artwork that unites its diverse community of people shaped by the landscape and history of travel across this land that engages the community and reflects the uniqueness of the Rawlins region. The permanent artwork will be placed outdoors on the corner of 4th and Cedar Street in Rawlins that has both pedestrian and motorized traffic.
Wiener also said “Having the hawks create a frame suggests that we need to see through nature. Our quality of life is dependent on the entire environment. The fact that Wyoming is a leader in wind energy was an exciting aspect to this project and another inspiration for my design. The hawks convey the movement of wind. It will be wonderful to see these massive birds as you lean into the robust winds of Rawlins”
The piece of 3D art will be installed and presented on Friday, July 11, 2014 during Rawlins DDA SummerFest. Artwork Specifications and Context were as follows: The artwork will be permanent and should require little-to-no maintenance or upkeep. Budget: The budget available for this project is $18,000.00. The honorarium supports the following: design (including refinement of design based on stakeholder input), fabrication, materials, engineering review, shipping, contract labor, installation, insurance, travel expenses necessary for project completion, final documentation and any incidental expenses.
- Construction Will Resume in Spring
Rawlins DDA/Main Street and the City of Rawlins received an $800,000 grant for Streetscaping throughout downtown Rawlins. The matching funds for this grant were raised locally during the 2010 and 2011 Balls. The construction will include bumpouts on all corners on Cedar between 3rd and 6th, more trashcans and benches, a center lane, informational kiosks about downtown businesses, and will restructure parking throughout downtown to one side diagonal and one side parallel. For more information, visit the construction page on our website.
- Downtown: A Historic Asset
Over the past two years, Rawlins DDA/Main Street has been working with community members and other towns to update the Design Guidelines created for downtown in 1984. We now have updated Design Guidelines approved by City Council in August 2012. This ordinance creates a mandatory review, voluntary compliance for all facade updates, new construction and signage in the Downtown Development District. Click here to read the Design Guidelines and feel free to call 307-328-2099 with any questions.