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before it met, the Sarasota City Commission approved the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek a "project art man- ager" to lead the acquisition process. The primary job of that person will be to "plan, organize and manage the process to define the art needed, identify appropriate artists and consult with them through cre- ation to installation — in multiple projects," according to a committee document. Public Art Committee member Elizabeth Van Riper said the art manager "would be able to contribute" to the list of criteria for the sculp- tures. Among the other factors the committee hopes to realize in the sculptures is "museum quality" that "provides a unique visual expe- rience." However, David Smith, general manager of transportation planning for the city, noted the sculptures "can be viewed by drivers, but should not be too distracting." A whimsical work of art stands in the middle of a roundabout in Grand Junction, CO. Image courtesy City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader June 20, 2014 Page 53

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