City Installs New Art at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park
Santa Fe, NM- The City of Santa Fe is proud to announce the installation of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” by Santa Fe artist Kevin Box in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, on Rodeo Road. The piece was acquired under the City’s two percent for public art through the Public Art Purchase Program. Announced last winter, the program invited Santa Fe artists and galleries to submit one or more pieces of art for purchase and placement in a City park. The goal of the program is to enhance and activate public spaces, provide economic benefit to local artists and galleries, and engage the public through thoughtful, high-quality artworks. Box moved to Santa Fe in 2006 and exhibits throughout the country. His unique style marries paper with the age old tradition of bronze casting. The piece was purchased locally through Selby Fleetwood Gallery.
Early this year, the City installed three other works of arts acquired under the program: “Joy of Life” by Milton Elting Hebald through the Pushkin Gallery, installed at Las Estancias Park, “Proud Outlook” by Jill Shwaiko at Calle Alvarado Park and “Colossal Hummer” by Don Kennell at Arroyo Sonriso Park. One additional installation is planned for early spring.
The purpose of the Art in Public Places Program is to create sites of community significance, encourage private and public awareness of and interest in the visual arts, increase employment opportunities in the arts, and encourage art as an integral part of local architecture. The program includes a wide range of media and styles located throughout the city. Funding for the program comes from two percent of the bonds issued for City capital improvement projects.