Redmond’s Yew Avenue roundabout public art installation has been postponed from June 11th to the fall so that the students who are fabricating the sculpture have the time to finish it and participate in the installation.
The City of Redmond has been partnering with the Redmond Proficiency Academy, Redmond High School and Ridgeview High School on this public art project for the past year.
A consortium of high school students worked under the direction of Ryan Beard, a Redmond metal sculpturist, and art teacher Ethan Seltzer at Redmond Proficiency Academy on the design of the project.
Several classes of students at Redmond High School have been working under the direction of teacher Lance Hill on the metal fabrication.
Entitled, “The Constant Face of Temporary Existence,” the sculpture depicts the mountain range visible from the roundabout.
As the end of school approached, with finals and graduation, it became apparent that it was too difficult to try and get this project done before the end of the school year.
"We have been committed to this being a project that is designed, fabricated, installed and celebrated by Redmond students," explained Heather Richards, the city's community development director.
"Due to scheduling, we will be postponing the installation to the fall of 2014. City crews could install the public art over the summer, but we wanted the students to be able to participate in the installation, as well as the celebration.
"It had been planned from the beginning of this project that students would have the opportunity to weld the structure together on site, cater the installation event and videotape it for a video documentary, so that they understood just how complex these types of public art projects are from beginning to end.
"The project team decided it was important to maintain that game plan. By postponing it to the fall, 2014, all of the students can participate in those activities," Richards said.
The city of Redmond did move forward with prepping the site for the art installation, since the contractors were already mobilized.
“With development picking up, many contractors’ calendars are full now through the summer and early fall. We wanted to make sure that we had the footing in place when the art was ready to be installed,” explained Mike Caccavano, Redmond’s city engineer.
Funds for the public art project come from the original roundabout project budget.