A modern public art piece with a touch of whimsy is the latest proposal under consideration for Five Corners.
Staff is recommending council approve, ‘Meetcha at the 5’, a submission by TDH Experiential Fabricators with a budget of $60,000.
If approved by council at the meeting on March 16, the sculptural piece will be built in front of the business centre at 46115 Yale Road.
The design features a giant ‘5’ that will be lit from within by coloured LED lighting. It will have a sculptured bird and red berries in the cutout, and the artwork will be constructed out of metal and bicarbonate.
Once again City of Chilliwack’s public art advisory committee put the proponents through a rigorous qualification process.
The piece will have to stand up against taggers, as well as the elements, while increasing foot traffic downtown and animating its core. Four of 10 submissions earned enough technical points to proceed through the RFP, and there was set criteria and deliverables.
Out of four submissions that moved forward in the process ‘Meetcha At the 5’ received the highest score as well as the most first ranked votes, the report noted.
The piece is designed to “pay homage to Chilliwack’s growth from a small riverboat landing to an uniquely vibrant and expanding urban Eraser Valley community,” according to the staff report.
The metal base will have historical and interpretive details about Chilliwack as well as recognition of its siting on the unceded traditional territory of the Sto:lo peoples.
The request-for-proposals notice went out in January, and the RFP closed Feb. 17.
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