A reader asked about the permission process for installing sculptures along the river at River View Park and whether public input was taken prior to the installations at the park.
In April 2015, the Frankfort City Commission gave final approval for the loan of sculptures from Josephine Sculpture Park at three city properties — River View Park, Fantasy Forest (at Dolly Graham Park) and the Gooch House (Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Commission).
Three months earlier, the commission had OK’d an agreement between the city and JSP. However, that agreement was amended to include the two other city locations and add language that would prevent JSP from removing artwork before a certain period had passed.
The deal was an extension of the JSP’s Satellite Sculpture Program.
“The goal of the Satellite Sculpture Program is to provide opportunities for the community to experience the arts at no charge, specifically within the city of Frankfort,” said Melanie VanHouten, JSP artistic director.
According to an agreement signed by VanHouten, Mayor Bill May and then-City Solicitor Rob Moore on June 8, 2015, the sculptures were on loan from JSP for a one year and could not be removed without approval from the city.
The city paid $100 for each piece, in addition to incurring the cost to install the concrete pads upon which the sculptures are placed.
JSP issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking submissions, reviewed the responses and recommended a handful of pieces to the city, which made the final determination.
“There is an opportunity for citizens’ comments at every city commission work session and meeting,” City Clerk Chermie Maxwell said. “The agenda for Monday meetings is posted on the city’s website the Friday before every meeting or work session.”
In July, Arts2O, a public art experience along the Kentucky River, installed two more sculptures at River View Park — Scott Ross’ “In Our Times” and John Parker’s “Hairstreak,” as well as Hays’ “Rivers that Talk and Bridges that Sing,” a sound installation inspired by childhood memories of the river.
“The artworks are inspired by the American river landscape and designed to be viewed both from the shore and from the river itself,” said artist Joanna Hay during the official unveiling earlier this summer.
Arts2O is sponsored by Harrod Concrete, Kentucky Employees CreditUnion, Frankfort-Franklin County Tourist and Convention Commission and the City of Frankfort.