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2017 Public Arts Series answers the question “What is Mound 28?”

April 22, 2017

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UPDATE:  The April 29 reception noted in the article below has been postponed because of the rain.  The new date will be Saturday, May 6, from 1 to 3 p.m.

What is Mound 28? It’s the title of this year’s Public Arts project, selected for the 2017 Public Arts series which is scheduled to open April 29 on the south side of Heman Park along Vernon Avenue.  An on-site reception is open to the public that day from 1 to 3 p.m.

The 31st annual collaboration between the Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters of University City and Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, this year’s project was the creation of four university students to fit the theme of “Uncommon Common Grounds.”

Mound 28 is an earthworks sculpture — an artwork created from natural elements in the landscape — and is designed to reimagine that side of Heman park as a “river of earth” according to the students, and reflects on University City’s relationship with the River Des Peres. They point out that there were once 27 mounds in the St. Louis area and conceived this piece as a contemporary 28th mound.

Unlike recent years where individual artists put together proposals, the 2017 project was designed by a group who will also take charge of its installation. This team — consisting of Washington University students Jenn Brown, Erin Darnauer, Fin Roy-Nyline, and Jon Young — first got approval for their proposals from the University City Parks Commission before getting final approval from the Arts & Letters Commission.

Some of the public art project’s past pieces, like Rain Man by the Post Office, have become icons of the University City landscape. Funding for the project is made possible in part by the generosity of the Marvin Levy Family, as well as the City of University City.

Send questions on the program to the commission by email, to ucityartsandletters@gmail.com.

Come celebrate 30 years of Public Art in U City!

March 24, 2016

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of University City’s partnership with Washington University—the longest-running community/university public art series in the nation. Over the years, students have placed nearly 200 temporary public works of art in the community, ranging from sculpture to performance pieces.

A celebration of this milestone will be held at the opening reception for this year’s new art, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, in University City’s City Hall, 6801 Delmar Boulevard.

The theme for this year is “Boundary”, and students Hannah Blumer, Dante Migone-Ojeda, Daniel Shieh, and Jessica Sun, explored divides both tangible and intangible within the University City community in their pieces.

Light refreshments will be served and student models will be on display. A tour on foot of the student works will leave City Hall at 3 p.m.

Questions may be sent to the Arts & Letters Commission, at ucityartsandletters@gmail.com.

30th annual Public Art Series previewed in U City Library gallery, through February 29

February 20, 2016

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A preview of the 2016 Public Art Series is now on display in the University City Public Library Gallery, through February 29.  A public reception hosted by the artists will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 26 in the gallery.

This year signifies the 30th anniversary of the series partnership between Washington University and University City, which is the longest-running community/university public art series in the nation. Over the years, students have produced nearly 200 temporary public works of art around the community, ranging from sculpture to performance pieces.

Students in the fall 2015 course Public Practice: Art Practice (Realized Actions), taught by senior lecturer Noah Kirby, learned about the historical, theoretical, and practical considerations for creating artwork in relation to the material and social conditions of public space. They also developed proposals for this year’s series that responded to the theme of Boundary, which they presented to the University City Commission on Arts & Letters at the end of the semester.

The following winning projects will be constructed, installed, and unveiled in the spring:

Light Cycle by Hannah Blumer

Mending Wall by Dante Migone-Ojeda

Conversation Tubes by Daniel Shieh

Sandbox by Jessica Sun

The opening celebration for the series, featuring presentations and other activities, will take place from 2-4p April 17 at City Hall in University City.

Funding for University City Public Art is made possible in part by the generosity of the Marvin Levy Family, the Regional Arts Commission, and the City of University City.