Press Contact: Mary Ann Merker
Civic Arts Coordinator
Berkeley, California (Wednesday, October 26, 2011) - Final presentation materials for the public art projects of the Berkeley Public Library's West and South Branch Construction Projects will be on public view inside the West and South Branch Libraries during normal branch library hours from Tuesday, November 1 through Thursday, November 3. These presentation materials will include material samples that accurately represent the finished work that each artist is proposing; a color sample board; a scale model / maquette or rendered drawing with appropriate details; a detailed project budget; and written statements or comments that will help to clarify the artist's proposal.
This is the opportunity for the public to comment on the individual proposals during the period that they are displayed. These comments will be collated and delivered to the Selection Panel. These informal comments may help to raise new perspectives and open issues for discussion by the Panel, and they may help the decision process in some way. The three finalists selected for South Branch are: Gina Dominquez; Mildred Howard; and Johanna Poethig. The three finalists selected for West Branch are David Ruth; Masayuki Nagase and Ene Osteraas Constable. Funding for alterations and improvements to all four Library Branches, including the public art projects, is provided by a local $26 million Bond Measure FF, approved by the voters in November 2008. For additional info regarding the Berkeley community support for our libraries, see the following website: http://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/branchimprovements. Commissions to the two selected artists will follow in the form of executed contracts. For more information, please contact the Berkeley Public Library at (510) 981-6195.