Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2018-109

Resolution Approving Installation of a Public Art Mosaic Sculpture by Sharra Frank in Bryant Square Park and Approving a License and Maintenance Agreement for the Mosaic with the Calhoun Area Residents Action Group

Information

Department:Strategic PlanningSponsors:
Category:Master PlanProjects:No Project

Item Discussion

Whereas, The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is the steward of the Minneapolis parks;

Whereas, The MPRB’s 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan identifies the strategy “beautify the park system by integrating gardens and art into park designs, and provide strategically placed gardens and art displays throughout city parklands and facilities;”

Whereas, The MPRB has a history of cooperation with neighborhood organizations for installation and maintenance of public art on Park Board property;

Whereas, The Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG) has proposed to sponsor the installation of a public art mosaic by Sharra Frank on an existing concrete dolphin sculpture in Bryant Square Park;

Whereas, The existing concrete dolphin sculpture is owned by MPRB and was slated for removal and disposal as part of wading pool improvements currently underway in that park;

 

Whereas, CARAG and community members wish to save, enhance, and reinstall the sculpture along with a mosaic design created cooperatively by the artist, neighborhood youth, and community volunteers;

 

Whereas, CARAG has agreed to enter into a license and maintenance agreement stating it will own and maintain the mosaic sculpture and fund its installation, maintenance, and any future decommissioning costs;

Whereas, CARAG has conducted a community engagement process including public meetings and use of social media and digital communication methods to share and refine the mosaic sculpture concept;

Whereas, The mosaic concept and project plan has completed MPRB’s internal review process as outlined in its Public Art Policy and Procedures including review by staff of multiple departments as well as the Executive Team; and

Whereas, This resolution is supported by the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan, which envisions “Dynamic that parks shape city character and meet diverse community needs;”

 

RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners approves installation of a public art mosaic sculpture by Sharra Frank in Bryant Square Park;

RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners approves the license and maintenance agreement for the mosaic sculpture with the Calhoun Area Residents Action Group; and

RESOLVED, That the President of the Board and Secretary to the Board are authorized to take all necessary administrative actions to implement this resolution.

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Background

This resolution would approve installation of a public art mosaic sculpture by Sharra Frank in Bryant Square Park, including approving a license and maintenance agreement for the mosaic sculpture with the Calhoun Area Residents Action Group (CARAG).

 

CARAG would like to install a mosaic mural on an existing concrete dolphin sculpture in Bryant Square Park. The dolphin was originally located in the center of the old wading pool which is now undergoing improvements that require the sculpture’s removal. In years past, the dolphin served as a water feature, however, the internal plumbing has long since failed and is beyond repair. MPRB planned to remove and dispose of the dolphin but CARAG community members asked to save it. CARAG raised funds to enhance the dolphin with a surface mosaic design and reinstall it in the park as a free-standing sculpture for public enjoyment (Attachment A).

 

In 2015 CARAG worked with public artist Sharra Frank to create and install flat mosaic panels depicting the seasons on the exterior walls of Bryant Square Recreation Center. The artist collaborated with local community members to create the designs, which are now much beloved in the neighborhood. CARAG has asked Ms. Frank to expand upon the previous mosaic installation to include the dolphin sculpture in a unified multi-piece artwork.

 

Sharra Frank is an award-winning local artist, graduate of the University of Minnesota, mosaic mural creator, and art studio instructor. Her mosaic work has been collected by the Gerard Cafesjian Museum of Art in Armenia.  In addition, she has successful public art installations in several Twin Cities locations including Neighborhood House, the Stepping Stone Theatre for Youth Development, Goodwill Easter Seals, Minneapolis and St. Paul Children’s Hospitals, and the Eastside Food Co-op. Ms. Frank has fine-tuned her technique over many years so that the materials are long-lasting and durable outside, mosaic pieces are carefully beveled to remove any sharp edges, and community members have meaningful opportunities to help with both design and fabrication of the artwork.

 

CARAG will fund the artist’s work, community engagement and outreach, concept design and development, supplies and installation, maintenance, and any future deaccession costs. CARAG conducted community engagement in 2017 on the project through community events and use of social media and mailed communications. In Summer 2017, the CARAG Board agreed to enter into a license and maintenance agreement (Attachment B) with MPRB for the mural and voted to approve pursuit of the mosaic sculpture project.

 

Per MPRB Public Art Policy and Procedures, the Bryant Square Park mosaic sculpture concept design has been reviewed by both an internal MPRB staff panel and the Executive Team. The agreement has also been reviewed by legal counsel as to form.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

Staff recommends that the Board of Commissioners approve installation of a public art mosaic sculpture by Sharra Frank in Bryant Square Park. Staff also recommends that the Board approve a license and maintenance agreement for the mural with the Calhoun Area Residents’ Action Group (CARAG).

This action is supported by the following vision and goal statements in the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan:

 

Vision Theme 3:              Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.

 

Goal:              Parks facility renewal and development respects history and focuses on sustainability, accessibility, flexibility, and beauty.

 

Strategy:              Beautify the park system by integrating gardens and art into park designs, and provide strategically placed gardens and art displays throughout city parklands and facilities.

 

Vision Theme 2:              Dynamic parks that shape city character and meet diverse community needs.

 

Goal:              Parks shape an evolving city.

 

Meeting History

Jan 17, 2018 5:10 PM  Planning Committee Committee Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Chris Meyer, Commissioner District 1
AYES:Meg Forney, Jono Cowgill, Chris Meyer, Londel French, Steffanie Musich
ABSENT:Kale Severson