The installation process is beginning soon for two towering works of art to be placed at the Public Square in front of the historic Metro Courthouse downtown.
The Metro Parks Board and the Metro Arts Commission both have given the green light to revised plans by artist Thomas Sayre, who altered his original designs to better fit landscaping which has taken place on the square since 2006.
Sayre will install two 30-foot structures, which will be placed at the southeast and southwest corner of the public square park. The structures will feature cranks, which will allow parkgoers to interact with the art.
A second project, by artist Ken Rowe, is underway as designed. Funding for the project, which will cost about $350,000, was approved in 2006. Since then there was some disagreement over which board, parks or arts, had final approval for the project.
Metro earmarks 1 percent of all proceeds from interest gained on the city’s general obligation bonds to pay for public art.
“We are very pleased that we are now moving forward with the art for our Public Square,” former chair of the Arts Commission’s public art committee Jeff Ockerman said. “Now that the Public Square is complete, fully landscaped and in use, the artist was able to evolve the overall design to make it reflective of the space in a symmetrical sense and the new design will help draw people into the park, which is exactly what a space like this is intended for.”