BRENTWOOD -- Just months after unveiling several public art projects at the Brentwood Civic Center Plaza opening, city officials are looking for additional public art venues near City Hall and the future Brentwood Library expansion.
Next month, the Brentwood Arts Commission will tour the downtown for inspiration after the Brentwood City Council prioritized future public art there. Arts Commissioner Jack Gaughan said that they will focus on Oak, Chestnut, First and Second streets.
"We are looking at where traffic would be going near the stores and the library or the park entrance," he said of the revamped City Park. "We have to determine our budget and what we think that we can accomplish."
Gaughan noted that the discussions are very preliminary, but the commission is leaning toward selecting an overall theme that could tie several pieces together. Concurrently, the city is starting to develop future public art projects on 10 prioritized locations throughout the city with $700,000 in developer funding previously earmarked for public art.
Arts Commission chair Donna Spencer said that the upcoming tour will consist of brainstorming ideas and locations. She said that the commission might suggest functional art like bike racks to the City Council for consideration.
"People don't realize that there is art all around them," Spencer said. "Public art goes unappreciated and unnoticed a lot of the time. Some people don't like spending
Overall, Spencer said that the commission is primarily interested in spreading public art throughout the whole city.
"Some areas don't have any public art at all," she said.
Due to limited funding for a variety of projects, Gaughan said that the city may solicit public participation in fundraising for the public art. One idea that was suggested is to sell name tiles to local residents for placement at City Hall, but Gaughan said that it could diminish the name tiles that already exist at the community fountain on Oak and First streets.
"Because we don't have a big budget, we may have to ask other people for contributions to make it a success," he said.
Another area that the City Council wants to focus public art efforts on is the Brentwood Boulevard corridor.