Through an effort
to further distribute Toledo’s public works of art more evenly
by district, Close Park in District 5 was identified as a
site for a new public art project for 2019.
Nestled in a
densely populated West Toledo neighborhood and across the street
from Blessed Sacrament School, this site has been
identified as an ideal location for a new public art project.
A request for
qualifications was sent out on January 4, 2018, which resulted
from over 60
artists from all over the United States.
After an extensive
review process, including community meetings with neighborhood
stakeholders, the Design Review Board has selected
Minneapolis artist Randy Walker’s proposal entitled
Close, Closer, Closest. The installation includes
approximately 400 colorfully painted steel poles representing
each house in the immediate neighborhood. The poles will stand
in a small garden mimicking the larger shape of Close Park.
Like the park
itself, Close, Closer, Closest will be an interactive
life-filled space, with changing experiences throughout the
seasons and multiple vantage points as the viewer moves around
and through the sculpture. Close, Closer, Closest is an
artistic visualization of the neighborhood.
In keeping with
this concept, community members will have the opportunity to
directly impact the final form of the artwork. Through a series
of outreach methods, each household in the immediate
neighborhood will determine the height (corresponding to the
height of a chosen member of the household) and color (selected
from a limited palette of colors found throughout the
neighborhood) of one pole.
also have the option of writing down a story or memory relating
to the park, to be rolled and placed within the poles like
messages in a bottle, or a community time capsule. A written
document indexing pole location and participants’ names will be
provided for public reference.
Installation of the
work is planned for spring of 2019. The budget for the project
is $70,000 and is funded by the City of Toledo’s One Percent for
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