Master Plan calls for culture |

Master Plan calls for culture

A substantial part of Stateline redevelopment involves grand alpine-style buildings, landscaping and sidewalks.

But there is also a seldom-mentioned master plan devoted to public art.

Based on the belief that tourists seek out memorable and unique cultural experiences, city arts coordinator Phylise Walker has worked with city representatives since 1997 to create an arts master plan for the redevelopment project.

Her angle throughout the process has been to tap into the unique details that create a sense of richness and value in a town.

“Everything has become so much the same nowadays, many tourists have come to feel the important part of a trip is the cultural experience,” Walker said. “It’s the different, the unique, that attracts many visitors. That’s what we strived for while developing the arts master plan.”

Stretching from the state line to Park Avenue, the arts master plan identifies 23 locations for specific free-standing art pieces, design elements, wall creations, gates, monuments, and various other artistic details.

“Buildings by themselves do not create a sense of place. Incorporating art into a redevelopment project – such as a beautiful stained-glass window, or an unusual door knob that catches the eye – that gives richness to the building and creates that sense of place,” said city principal planner Gary Marchio, who participated in developing the master plan. “It’s about hidden treasures, little things that give a place richness.”

The plan states that local and regional artists will be invited to participate in the projects, and that preference will often be given to artists with experience using local, natural and classic materials such as wood, stone, bronze and glass.

“I think we have come to embrace the fact that an artistic touch is an important part of our design scheme for our redevelopment projects. It’s not just pieces of art, it’s design features, such as the shape of the pavers, the design of the railings, pedestrian seating areas and what sort of seating furniture they are provided with,” said city manager Kerry Miller. “Even though public art pieces are very visible, probably the most important part is the individual design details that will enhance the experience of the visitors and residents that use the property.”

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