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Bainbridge Island wants to bring art to you

The city of Bainbridge Island wants to bring new artwork to the community, and the city is looking for ideas from the public on where it should all go. (Photo: KOMO News)

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. -- The city of Bainbridge Island wants to bring new artwork to the community, and the city is looking for ideas from the public on where it should all go.

"Art is a huge part of Bainbridge Island. It draws people," said Carl Sussman who is the chair of the city's Public Arts Committee.

The city is working on a "Something New" public arts proposal. The idea is to select artwork through a "jury process." The city will have locations in the Winslow area where those outdoor sculptures are on public display for a year, then rotated out.


"I like the idea of bringing art into the public spaces that we use on our day-to-day basis-- going to the grocery store, going to the park, or walking our dogs. It's just embedded in the community," said Sussman.

Starting out, the program would have four locations for outdoor sculptures, but the city is still trying to figure out exactly where. The city is hoping the community will share some ideas.

“We need to find some very basic places through town-- that will take people through the town-- and give them an enjoyable journey,” said Bill Baran-Mickle, who’s on the Public Arts Committee.

Baran-Mickle is a sculptor and came up with the idea for the program while looking for opportunities to showcase his own work. He says several communities have similar public arts programs, including Whidbey Island.


The Public Arts Committee estimates it will cost $15,000 to start the project, which includes construction of concrete bases. The program would then cost about $13,000 per year. Some of the costs include installation for the artwork, insurance, and a small payment for the artists loaning their work. All of the funding would come from the city.

"I think it's great,” said sculptor Craig Jacobrown whose artwork is displayed in several locations on Bainbridge Island. “I like the idea that things change, things will move around.”

A meeting to discuss the public art proposal is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. The project still needs approval from the City Council. If approved, organizers hope the exhibits will be on display in the fall.

“It's a win for the community and a good thing for the artist as well,” said Baran-Mickle.

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