The City of Spokane has a request for proposal
due next Friday for the lead artist to help develop public art for Riverfront Park's massive redevelopment project
While the $650,000 budget for new art in Riverfront may be less than some in the arts community had hoped for
, that's still a really big deal. Riverfront Park is a veritable Carmen Sandiego's lair of iconic Spokane landmarks and art pieces
. There will be a lot of pressure to match the greatness of pieces like "The Joy of Running Together," David Govedare's series of sculptures of very skinny Bloomsday racers.
But don't worry. We're here to help, offering tens of thousands of dollars' worth of artistic consultation for absolutely free, or at least that's what we'll claim on our taxes.
Any of these ideas could not only make the Riverfront Park the crown jewel of the Inland Northwest, but the theoretical economic impact could transform Spokane from "Near Nature, Near Perfect" to "Nature, Perfect."
Note: While Inlander
publisher Ted S. McGregor serves on the Park Board, he has not read any of these ideas, but we assume he'll love and endorse every single one.
The 25 Best Suggestions for New Public Art Pieces in Riverfront Park
1. Damien Hirst’s "Vivisected Marmot"
2. "Amorphous Hunk of Bent Metal Meant to Clearly Symbolize Tolerance for Fellow Man."
3."Giant Statue of a Six-Year-Old-Boy and His Stuffed Tiger" to put in the giant red wagon.
4. Statue of Edvard Munch's "The Scream
" placed along the South Howard Street Bridge, which would continually emit a high-pitched, mournful wailing at all hours.
5. "The Joy of Your Hoopfest Team of Out-of-Shape Coworkers Getting Absolutely Destroyed by Relentless Musclebound Athletic Gods Who Are Obviously Close Relatives of Stephen Curry."