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New Statue Proposed by City to be Installed Near Front Entrance of Community

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By: Sharon Aron Baron

Last month, the art committee appeared before the Tamarac city commission and proposed several statue designs to be considered for installation along Commercial Boulevard near the Woodlands Country Club main entrance.

Location in front of the Woodlands main entrance where statue will be installed.

Location in front of the Woodlands main entrance where statue will be installed. (click to make larger)

The budget for the art was set at $200,000 paid through the art committee funds that are raised through fees added to building permits requested through the city.  The art committee sent out call to artists with height and design specifications and received 130 responses.  The committee then ranked the top 79 narrowing them down to five designs.

The commission members discussed the designs and will be voting on this at a later date. 

Commissioner Michelle Gomez brought these to the monthly WHOA meeting to get the opinions of the board members and section presidents, who were, in turn to share these with the residents in their own sections for discussion.  Sections 3 and 4, who are not members of the WHOA, were not included to share their input.

Gomez wrote to me on May 17 saying that when she gets the deigns herself on electronic form, she would share them with section 4. It’s been two weeks. Meanwhile, I was able to receive these from the city within 24 hours and shared them with our monthly coffee club group on May 21.

Since many residents already know about these designs, this is being shared to those that weren’t represented or who didn’t get the information from their section presidents. 

There are five designs that the commission will consider and the mayor said that he will accept input from all of our residents on their preference.  Please remember, that this statue is not intended to represent the Woodlands Country Club, this is a city-owned and maintained statue that will be on an easement.  Although this is a city project, your opinions will count as there will be five votes to approve this.  It’s important that you let our mayor and the entire commission know which one you prefer, or they will choose themselves.

The artist’s names are under each proposed design.

Todd Frahm

Todd Frahm

Osman Akan

Osman Akan

Roger Stoller

Roger Stoller

Gordon Heuther. The commissioners want to save this art piece and put it on Pine Island or the new Tamarac Village. Residents should have a say if this should go here.

Gordon Heuther. The commissioners want to save this art piece and put it on Pine Island or the new Tamarac Village. Residents should have a say if this should go here or not.

Malcolm Robertson

Malcolm Robertson

 

Send an email here.  Please include your name and tell the mayor what this is regarding.  Also, include the artist’s name when submitting your choice.  Please provide your full name. Choices from anonymous emails may not be considered.

Please put something in the email like:

“I understand that the city will vote in the near future on an art piece to be installed on Commercial Blvd in front of the Woodlands.  I just wanted to add my choice for what I believe would be a great look for that area.  Please consider the statue by  __________ when you vote.

Thank you.

Sorry survey closed!

UPDATE:  Next week they will be voting on their preference so it’s important for you to send in yours!   

On Monday morning June 6, at 9:30 a.m. you are invited to attend the City Commission workshop where they will be discussing it.  

Then on Wednesday evening June 8 at 7:00 p.m they will be voting on it. They will allow public participation at this meeting and you will have three minutes to speak if you choose.  Location: 7525 NW 88 Street Tamarac FL

 

 

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10 Responses to New Statue Proposed by City to be Installed Near Front Entrance of Community

  1. Doug Frens Reply

    May 26, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    I liked the art by Akan as it shows movement and color, a nice backdrop to the waterways and golf course

  2. Gary Osland Reply

    May 27, 2016 at 11:46 am

    From a personal perspective, the proposed sculpture comes as quite a surprise and presents a question of misplaced community priorities. The Woodlands has long been considered a premium property within Tamarac. In large part this is due to some outstanding Mid-Century architecture and large lots often enhanced by very tasteful and well-maintained landscaping. So after years of homeowner comments about poorly maintained or dead perimeter plantings, trash, and walls that are crumbling or non-existent, it appears that what matters most to homeowners has been supplanted by “art”. Surely when taxpayer funds are so tight that requests for better perimeter landscaping, walls, and more bus shelters continue to come up short, an initiative to place art where it isn’t needed begs the question, “Why?” Homeowners can’t convince the Country Club to fix the much beloved Fountain (projected by a resident homeowner to cost $4,000), yet the City of Tamarac is going to invest 50 times that amount on a sculpture that I haven’t heard anyone state as a priority, if any desire exists at all. Worse, from an extremely large selection of possible sculptures, the choices have been narrowed down to five choices. Art is highly subjective and yet several of the choices proposed seem to follow the City of Tamarac view that the more color you load into art, logos, and signage the better. One choice appears to be reflective of those murals that are painted on derelict buildings in an effort to state, “We Care”. Just take a drive around economically, less-fortunate communities. Upscale communities would have shut down this flagrantly misplaced attempt at an upgrade long ago. Perhaps a contest for a artistic bus shelter would have been more in line with what taxpayers keep asking for.

    If I were to select an outstanding sculpture, I would select Roger Stoller’s “Wavehelix” as a piece of art that is both pleasing and would most likely withstand the Florida elements, particularly the color bleaching aspect of the sun. However, I would still request that either a more prudent way to spend taxpayer funds could be found or at a minimum that the sculpture find a home within a more commercial or parklike setting and not something to further distract drivers on Commercial Avenue as they navigate to and from the Turnpike.

  3. Adam Berke Reply

    May 27, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    The only tasteful choice would be Roger Stoller, so we all know it won’t be selected.
    Can’t wait until they install that god awful cheap “Beto” knock off by Malcolm Robertson, we will have officially jumped the shark !

  4. Mark Rohmann Reply

    May 27, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I thought for sure the Coyote chasing the cat would have definitely made the top 5. Go figure?

    • Adam Berke Reply

      May 28, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Well played sir.

  5. Linda Gorin Reply

    May 27, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I like the sculpture by Gordon Heuther. However, I think it should be placed on the first island behind the fountain circle (not within the circle,but on the next median corner INSIDE the Woodlands). Too many people would look at it on Commercial and that would lead to accidents!

  6. Ollie Ayers Reply

    May 31, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Too bad there won’t be any sidewalks, benches, bus shelters, or perhaps even a small park for the public to enjoy this art installation. I like Wavehelix but the location seems arbitrary at best.

  7. Heather Cox Reply

    May 31, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Would rather the city put up safety gates with security guards . New walls..etc No one will see the artwork unless you come in on Woodlands Blvd. I dont come in this way. Im section 1. Put lights in fountain that change color. Use the money wisely Tamarac.

  8. Jeff Smoley Reply

    June 1, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I have been told this art doesn’t come from taxpayer funds but from permit fees. Tamarac permit fees are so high that too many people try to get around them. Do you know it costs over $100 per drop to add extra phone lines or Ethernet cables to your home? Did you know that if you connect a network printer to your computers, that costs $100+ unless you go wireless and that most wireless (wifi) networks are easily broken into and most are not properly protected? From my home I can see 5 nearby wifi networks and only one is secured! I am guessing that one is my next door neighbor, because he works in IT like I do.

    Editor: Yes, the article states that funds for art are raised through permits.

  9. Robin Block Reply

    June 4, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    I entered my vote and it was no to all of the ideas. I think this is the biggest waste of money and will add no redeeming quality to our neighborhood. There are many other things this money could be spent on — a covered bus stop in the front, fixing the walls that keep crumbling down, a new traffic light structure that will hold up better to hurricanes like the ones they have built all around us, but not in front. My list could go on and on. I totally agree that Tamarac should give some serious thought on how to spend this money in a more productive way.

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