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City talks future public art

Commission has four new works planned to be completed in 2013

Posted: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2013 2:00 a.m.

An artists rendition of the bike racks that will be installed at City Hall this year. (Courtesy photo)

Bike racks at City Hall, public art at the McBean Regional Transit Center and a new website to house Santa Clarita’s arts and cultural resources are all on tap for the city Arts Commission in the coming year.

During their meeting Thursday night, members of the Arts Commission discussed public art pieces that are in the works, four of which are scheduled to be completed in 2013.

Those pieces include new bike racks at the main entrance of City Hall, sculptures at the McBean Regional Transit Center, wall art at the Magic Mountain Parkway exit off Interstate 5 and a future art piece that will be housed on a median on Newhall Ranch Road, said Phil Lantis, city arts and events administrator.

Another public art piece is set to mark the proposed traffic roundabout near William S. Hart Park in Newhall, Lantis said.

John Dow, the chair of the Arts Commission, said there is an emphasis on spreading artwork out all around the city.

“Public art is extremely important to the community,” Dow said. “It really is a way for people to connect with one another.”

In addition to discussing sites for future art projects, the commission discussed development of a website that will house information on art resources in the city.

The city paid a group called Capisco $1,500 to develop the site, which Lantis said he hopes will become a “one-stop shop” for the city’s arts and cultural events and resources.

Lantis said the site,, should go live in March.


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