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City Council to take up issue of roundabout art

Posted: August 28, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 28, 2013 2:00 a.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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Saying they’ve received letters, emails and some complaints on the matter, members of the Santa Clarita City Council agreed Tuesday night to examine the art piece that will accompany the Newhall roundabout project at a future meeting.

The two proposals being considered, which are currently on display in City Hall, were determined by the Santa Clarita Arts Commission.

Earlier this year, members of the Arts Commission whittled a field of artist proposals down to two finalists: Michael Clapper’s “Western Reel,” which is a large circular film strip meant to mark Santa Clarita’s film heritage, and Michael Duffy’s “Facing the Sun, Facing the Future,” a dome structure lit with programmed LED lights that is meant to be reminiscent of a traditional house of the Tataviam people.

But a few people at the City Council meeting Tuesday night said they would prefer a third option: none of the above.
The issue was first raised Tuesday night by Duane Harte, a city commissioner and candidate for City Council, who said he thinks the art piece should be something that is more iconic to the western heritage of Newhall.

His points were echoed by another City Council candidate, Dante Acosta, who said it might be time to “go back to the drawing board” on the project.

Council members then said they will put the issue of the future agenda for discussion.

The period for members of the public to vote on which art piece they prefer is set to close this week, according to city officials.
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