Louisville Arena Authority Looking to Commission Art

by ekramer on December 18, 2009

The Louisville Arena Authority is looking to install a large-scale piece of artwork in the new arena under construction at Second and Main streets. WFPL’s Elizabeth Kramer has more.

The Arena Authority received 75 submissions after putting out a call out to artists in November about the opportunity to create artwork for the arena, noting an anticipated budget of at least $200,000. Now, it’s requesting that five of those artists submit specific proposals for a piece to be permanently installed on the west wall of the arena’s concourse. The authority has requested that it reflect Louisville as a city “on the move.”

Jim Host is chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority.

“I think the entire Authority feels strongly that the arena should have some form of art in it,” Host says. “And we felt this wall was the best, but it’ll all be subject to us getting it funded with private dollars. It will not be funded with any public dollars from the arena bond issue.”

So far, Host says this public art project lacks funding.

“There has been no money raised toward it at this point because we want to get a better idea of what the concept might look like so we can take it to a number of people who have expressed an interest in participating in sponsoring specific artwork,” he says.

Host says authority members have some ideas about impressions they want to see in the piece.

“Our intent is to have an artist’s rendering of various scenes of Louisville and Kentucky, particularly probably centered around the river, although this will all be part of the competition,” he says.

Host says he the authority plans to choose an artist by February and raise funds by April so the work can be installed for the arena’s opening scheduled for next November.

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