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06/20/2014

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Contrary to neo-modernist practice, the com- mittee does not want public involvement with the pieces. Its members want "art that does not draw viewers to it, but is appreciated from a distance; non-interactive," the docu- ment says. Committee members said they do not want people dashing through traffic to get a closer look. After the city releases a Call to Artists, the committee hopes submissions will be "created by emerging, mid-career or established artists from anywhere in the world." And, of course, the pieces chosen must meet "the demands of Sarasota's hurricane-prone environment, strong sun and salt air." Additionally, they should be "vandalism-resistant." The first step in expanding the city's collec- tion of public art will be hiring the project arts manager. That could take a few months, said Smith. The RFP needs to be created and then double-checked by the committee at its next meeting (in August). After the RFP is published, applicants would have 45 to 60 days to reply. All the applicants for that job will be screened by a selection committee, which will settle on the top three or four candidates. The finalists Appropriate for the nation's 'Music City,' a sculpture in a Nashville, TN, roundabout is titled Musica. Photo courtesy City of Sarasota Sarasota News Leader June 20, 2014 Page 54

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