Coffey Park Public Art
ARTIST SELECTED FOR COFFEY PARK PUBLIC ART PROJECT
On April 24, 2019, the City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program announced the artist selected for the public art project in Coffey Neighborhood Park, planned in conjunction with the redesign/rebuild of the park post-fire. Wowhaus, the team of Ene Osteraas-Constable and Scott Constable, was selected after an extensive review process and recommended for approval to the Art in Public Places Committee. The committee approved the recommendation at a Special Meeting held this week.
As the selected artist for the project, Wowhaus will be required to undertake research and discussion with stakeholders and thoughtfully engage the Coffey Park neighborhood to develop a concept proposal for the public art project, as well as collaborate with the park design team incorporate the art into the site. After a design is developed with the neighborhood, it will be brought back to the Art in Public Places Committee for final approval. It is anticipated that the artwork will be installed in Summer 2020.
Founded in 1997, Wowhaus is a multi-disciplinary art/design collaborative whose award-winning work over the past two decades spans public art, social practice, architecture and furniture design. “We are deeply inspired by the opportunity to create artwork that contributes to the healing and rebuilding of the Coffey Park community in Santa Rosa. As artists who live and work in nearby Sebastopol, we understand the deep impact the fire has had – and continues to have – on the community [and] the extraordinary strength and character of our region. We are enthusiastic to work with Coffey Park community members to develop unique artwork that both commemorates the fire and celebrates the identity and resiliency of their neighborhood, heralding its vibrant future.” To find out more about the artists, please visit their website.
Description of Project Opportunity: Coffey Neighborhood Park Public Art
The artist or artist team selected for this project will be required to undertake research and discussion with stakeholders and thoughtfully engage the Coffey Park neighborhood to develop a concept proposal for the public art project. From preliminary surveys of the neighborhood, residents indicate a preference for interactive and functional public art, including playground equipment and seating. The public art should be integrated into the design of the park as much as possible. Design elements should reflect the identity and resiliency of the Coffey Park neighborhood and respectfully commemorate the Tubbs Fire.
The City of Santa Rosa recently approved the Master Plan for the park. To find out more about the design and construction, click HERE.
Installation will be sited at Coffey Neighborhood Park (1524 Amanda Place, Santa Rosa, CA) in Northwest Santa Rosa. The park is located at the heart of the heavily fire-damaged Coffey Park Neighborhood.
The total available funding for the project is now $110,000, including very generous donations of $50,000 from Rotary International District 5130 Sonoma County Fire Relief Committee, and $10,000 from Rotary Club of Santa Rosa West, as well as $50,000 from the City of Santa Rosa’s Public Art Fund.