Arena Public Art Announcement Expected Soon

by Gabe Bullard on June 9, 2010

by Gabe Bullard

The KFC Yum Center will open in about four months, and a proposed public art project for the arena has not yet been announced. But officials say the Arena Authority will soon unveil a concept for art that will be installed in the arena’s concourse.

The authority put out a request for proposals last year, asking artists for submissions that would depict Louisville as a “city on the move.” They received 75 proposals and asked for more details on five of them in December.

At that time, Arena Authority chairman Jim Host told WFPL no money had been raised to finance the project because he wanted to approach potential investors after he had an idea of what the art would look like.

He added that he hoped to have an artist chosen by February. No announcement has yet been made, but Kentucky Fair Board President Harold Workman said this week that a decision is forthcoming.

“We will have it soon, because it’s not long until October. Those decisions will be finalized relatively in the near future.”

The art display’s anticipated budget is $200 thousand.

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