Sarasota News Leader

06/20/2014

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The City of Sarasota's Public Art Committee has agreed to a set of standards for sculptures to enhance the centers of the city's growing number of planned traffic roundabouts. During a special meeting held on Tuesday evening, June 17, the five members of the Art Committee unan- imously approved a general description proposed by member Jeffrey Weisman. For starters, the bay- front's Unconditional Surrender would not make the cut. The iconic statue of the sailor kissing a nurse to celebrate the Allies' victory over Japan in World War II would violate Weisman's second requirement: "Original, contemporary, fine art; not a repro- duction, not mass produced." The board is devel- oping a procedure to install large sculp- tures in the centers of at least 10 planned roundabouts in the c i t y. T h e e v e n i n g Unconditional Surrender, located on the City of Sarasota's bayfront, would not meet the criteria for roundabout art as proposed by a city advisory board. Photo by Norman Schimmel BY THE NUMBERS SARASOTA'S PUBLIC ART COMMITTEE SETTLES ON CRITERIA FOR ROUNDABOUT SCULPTURES, AND THE CITY COMMISSION AGREES TO HIRE A PROJECT MANAGER By the end of the year, you could have a project art manager selected and under contract. David Smith General Manager Transportation Planning By Stan Zimmerman City Editor

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