New City Park Sculpture to be Dedicated Today

News Release from: City of Beaverton
Posted: July 14th, 2010 8:27 AM

The Beaverton Arts Commission's new permanent sculpture entitled "Singing Sky" was installed yesterday at City Park. A public unveiling celebration will occur today at 10 a.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the sculpture as well as enjoy free ice cream (while supplies last).

"Singing Sky" is a 15-foot tall, burnt orange painted sculpture designed by Wisconsin artist Richard Taylor. Taylor's sculptural work proposal was selected out of a pool of over 200 public art entries as it best represented the Beaverton Public Art Plan's goals of incorporating significant and accessible works of art that embrace Beaverton's diverse traditions and history. More information on Beaverton's Public Art Plan can be found at

A note on public art from "Singing Sky" sculptor Richard Taylor:

"Public art should serve a number of purposes. It should spark a discourse, an exchange of ideas and observations, amongst those who view it. The artwork should enliven its setting visually, and interact with the surrounding environment in a positive way. When it is sculpture, it can take on many shades of character at different times of the day and in various seasons and weather conditions. Some public art is quiet and subtle, while some is exuberant and celebratory. One of my favorite aspects of a public piece is that it sometimes sparks observations between strangers who wouldn't have conversed otherwise. "Singing Sky," was created with the theme of diversity as its central message. I like to use abstract shapes as a language to help convey the meaning in my work. This opens a broad number of interpretations to be found by those who look for the message. Visually, I hope that it brings a sense of wonder and whimsy to those driving or walking by the park, and that the spiri
t of the sculpture creates a sense of being uplifted."

"I am thrilled to see the tremendous outcomes of the Beaverton Public Art Plan continue to come to life in our public spaces," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "Meaningful sculptural works are vital in helping to enhance our civic identity as well as celebrate the vibrant spirit of Beaverton."

This is the Beaverton Art Commission's third sculptural installation of the summer. Local artist CJ Rench's sculptural work "Gathering" has been installed in front of the library while his second work "Caught UP" is now located at the Lombard Plaza.

About the Beaverton Arts Commission (BAC)
The BAC contributes significantly to the quality of life in Beaverton by presenting artistic and cultural events, which celebrate community values and help connect residents to their artistic and cultural heritage. The BAC spearheads public art projects in Beaverton, including a new mural program, as well as presenting the annual Visual Arts Showcase and Last Tuesdays, an outdoor celebration of music, art and food each summer. The Beaverton Arts Commission recently joined forces with consultants Valerie Otani and Bill Flood to create a Public Art Plan. To view the plan or for more information about the Beaverton Arts Commission, visit or call (503) 526-2288.

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