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Newhall roundabout art finalists named

Public invited to visit City Hall, weigh in on final choice

Posted: July 14, 2013 3:13 p.m.
Updated: July 14, 2013 3:13 p.m.

Artist Michael Clapper's proposal for the Newhall roundabout art shows a spiraling piece of film portraying a stylized cowboy on a galloping horse. Clapper says it's a tribute to the Santa Clarita Valley's Western film heritage.

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Santa Clarita Arts Commission has narrowed the field of six artist candidates to design the Newhall roundabout to just two.

The proposals from the two artists, Michael Clapper and Matthew Duffy, will be made available for public comment and review as early as today as the public is invited to participate in the final choice, said city Arts and Events Administrator Phil Lantis.

“All six of the semifinalists came to us with a lot of experience and very different approaches,” Lantis said Friday. “The commission felt these two proposals were the strongest and the ones that fit with this project the best.”

Each commissioner who was present at a study session rated the proposals on a scale of 1 to 10. The two proposals that received the highest average score were selected as finalists.

Clapper received the highest marks, earning an average score of 9 out of 10 from commissioners for his proposal, “Western Reel.”

In his submission to the Arts Commission, Clapper said he would create an art piece that is reminiscent of a spiraled film strip as a nod to Newhall’s place in filmmaking history.

A stylized cowboy on a horse would be portrayed on the film strip, according to the proposal.

Duffy was not far behind, earning an average score of 8.25 out of 10 for his proposal, “Facing the Sun, Facing the Future,” which would serve as a nod to the Tataviam people who inhabited the Santa Clarita Valley long ago.

Duffy’s piece would use stainless steel and cast glass to construct a traditional domed Tataviam house and use programmed LED lights to change the color of the piece.

Whoever is selected to construct the art piece would have an estimated budget of $45,000 to work with, according to Lantis.

Scale models of both proposals will be available for public viewing this week in Santa Clarita City Hall, Lantis said.

“They will be physical representations of the proposals with a little explanation by the artist explaining the context of the piece,” he said.

Public input, which can be submitted at City Hall, will be used by commissioners to make a final recommendation on a proposal to the City Council, according to Lantis. City Council members would then make a final determination in October.
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