(ROCKWALL, TX — February 8, 2019) The Rockwall city council unanimously approved funds for a proposed public art fiberglass guitar project to be installed within the city.
The council welcomed Rockwall County Judge David Sweet, who also serves as the Rockwall Art Commission chair, to give some background on the project. According to Sweet, the fiberglass guitars measure approximately five feet in stature, and will stand at six feet tall once mounted on their concrete bases. Rockwall’s Free Live Music Capital of North Texas logo will also be included on the base of each of the guitars.
Sweet said the Art Commission has worked with the Rockwall Parks and Recreation department to pinpoint five possible locations to install the project: San Jacinto Plaza, The Harbor, Ted Cain’s Corner Park, Rockwall City Hall and Harry Myers Park. Several area artists have volunteered to paint the guitars at no cost – Kenyon Walter, Nancy Kuntz, James Kuntz, Suzie Varner and Jane Bays.
“We view this as a win-win project,” Sweet said. “This project embodies both the visual and performing arts.”
Pending final approval from the council, Sweet said the target date for installation is June 2019 with an unveiling and public display slated for Rockwall Founder’s Day on May 18, 2019.
The Art Commission requested $5,500 from the city’s Art in Public Places Fund to pay for the guitars, paint supplies, logo and concrete bases. The city council unanimously approved to authorize those funds for the project.
Final designs for the proposed project will then be brought before the council for final approval at its next meeting on Feb. 18.
By Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News.
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