ART IN FOUNTAIN HILLS
Over the last ten
years the Fountain Hills Public Art Committee and many other organizations
have worked to create an excellent collection of public art.
Pieces are located inside the Fountain
Hills Community Center, inTown Hall, in the Community Center Courtyard,
in Fountain Park and elsewhere throughout the Town of Fountain
Hills. New pieces are being aquired at the rate of six a year
or more. Our immediate goal is to
have at least 100 pieces in our public art collection by the date
of the Arizona Centennial, February 14, 2012. The long term goal
is to create the finest collection of pubic art in the Southwestern
United States, a goal which, today, seems entirely possible.
art is acquired through two primary methods:
1) by the
active procurement of a specific work of art or the selection
of an artist for a specific project, or
2) as the result
of a gift or loan whereby the Town becomes a beneficiary.
It is the responsibility of The Public Art Committee to review
and facilitate the proposed acquisition of art under either process.
In addition, the Public Art Committee, usually working with the
entire Cultural & Civic Association Board, or with other community
organizations, takes a major role in raising funds for public
THE FOUNTAINS IN FOUNTAIN HILLS
takes its name from the "World's Tallest Fountain" located in
the middle of the lake in Fountain Park.
Not surprisingly, a number of other public and private fountains
grace the community. To see the Town-owned fountains,
|ART IN OUR MUSEUM
The L. Alan Cruikshank River
of Time Museum located in the library/museum building of the Town
Plaza area, is a magnificent work of public art, with its outstanding
displays of the history of this region. But the museum is also beginning
to assemble a collection of outstanding paintings and, so far, one
excellent piece of sculpture, that are worth seeing. Many of the
pictures are by Earl MacPherson, an outstanding artist who was an
early resident of Fountain Hills.
To see just a few of these pieces of work,
of the method of acquisition, there are certain fundamental criteria
that will be universally applied to any work of art under consideration:
* Artistic merit
* Physical condition of the artwork
* History and provenance of the artwork
* Compatibility with the Town's public art program and collection
* Availability of an appropriate siting location on Town property
* Requirements for installation, storage, and maintenance
* Liability considerations and issues of public safety.