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  Item # F.       
Meeting Date: 09/20/2017  
Requested by: Bayer Vella
Submitted By: Milini Simms, Community Development & Public Works
Department: Community Development & Public Works  

Information
SUBJECT:
Request for approval of Conceptual Public Art for Tucson Cactus and Koi, located east of Oracle Rd., approximately a 1/4 mile south of Magee Road
RECOMMENDATION:
The Conceptual Design Review Board (CDRB) recommended approval on September 12, 2017.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
The purpose of this request is to consider Conceptual Public Art for Tucson Cactus and Koi, located east of Oracle Rd., approximately a 1/4 mile south of Magee Rd. (see Attachment 1). The proposed artwork is a mosaic mural using ceramic tiles to depict koi fish in a desert pond. The proposed art piece will be installed along a seating wall, near the property's main entrance. A site plan and the artist's design are included in Attachment 2.

The CDRB recommended approval based on the findings that the proposed artwork meets the Town's 1% for Public Art requirement and is consistent with the Town's Design Principles and Design Standards.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
Tucson Cactus and Koi is a partially constructed development consisting of a 1,800 sq.ft. store and showroom, walking trails, koi pond and plant nursery. The proposed art is necessary to meet the Town's 1% for Public Art requirement. Based on the project cost, a call to artists process was not required. The applicant worked with Santa Theresa Tile Works to contract local artist, Kristine Stoner, to design the custom piece.

Approvals to Date:
  • 2014: Property rezoned from Residential Service to Neighborhood Commercial
  • 2016: Approval of the Final Site Plan, Landscape Plan and Architecture

Request Details:
  • Install a mosaic mural along a seating wall, near the main entrance
    • Dimensions: 3' x 5' (height and width)
    • Materials: Ceramic tiles
    • Colors: Variety of glazes used to create the image
  • Building permit valuation: $504,705.21
  • Required art budget: $5,047.21
  • Proposed art budget: $8,500.00
Conceptual Public Art Design Principles and Design Standards review:
The Zoning Code establishes Design Principles and Design Standards to evaluate public art projects. The project's conformance with notable Design Principles and Design Standards is provided below and a detailed analysis for each is provided in the attached CDRB report (Attachment 3).
  • Quality: The proposed mural was designed specifically for this site, embodying the cactus and koi elements of the development. The artist will paint ceramic tiles with images of koi fish in a desert pond illustrating harmony between them.
  • Durability: The proposed mural will be recessed into the stucco seating wall to prevent vandalism. The mural is shielded from weather and graffiti by the grout sealer and glazes.  Maintenance of the art is minimal and the artist will make repairs, if needed.
  • Safety: The ceramic tiles will be set flush along the seating wall without jutting out or exposing any potentially sharp edges.
  • Diversity: The proposed mural will add to the diversity and style of public art and does not duplicate other art pieces in the Town.
  • Visibility: The proposed mural will be significantly visible as a point of arrival for customers. Visitors must walk by the mural to access the walking trails, koi pond and plant nursery. Additionally, it will be visible from Oracle Rd. for the general public's enjoyment.
FISCAL IMPACT:
N/A
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I MOVE to approve the Conceptual Public Art for Tucson Cactus and Koi, based on the finding that the propsoed public artwork is consistent with the Design Principles and Design Standards.

OR

I MOVE to deny the Conceptual Public Art for Tucson Cactus and Koi, as it does not meet______________________.
Attachments
ATTACHMENT 1- LOCATION MAP
ATTACHMENT 2- APPLICANT SUBMITTAL
ATTACHMENT 3- CDRB STAFF REPORT


    

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