“Hutchinson Pillars” RFQs
Background: As plans were being developed for the Main Street 2020 reconstruction project, the City, MnDOT, the project consultant, and the citizens’ advisory committee discussed a variety of streetscaping options that could be included as part of the project. Opportunities to add public art was one option that was discussed and the Hutchinson Public Arts Commission (PAC) was encouraged to take the lead on developing a plan to include public art.
Theme: Through a number of discussions, the PAC settled on the idea of four pillars placed at strategic locations along Main Street. Each of the pillars will represent a core value that has been important to Hutchinson since its founding. The four values are Service, Humanity, Stewardship (environmental) and Education.
Elements: Each pillar will be four feet tall and two feet square. The pillars will have yellow brick facing similar to the library and bandshell in library square. On top of each pillar will be a bronze oak tree approximately two feet tall. Raised metal side panels will be placed on the two non-traffic sides of each pillar and will incorporate art and text to tell the meaning of the pillar’s value and its relation to Hutchinson. The panels will be arched to compliment the windows of the library, downtown power plant and other streetscaping.
RFQs: Requests for Qualifications are being accepted until May 6, 2019, for the bronze oak trees and also the metal side panels. Artists who live in Minnesota are eligible. To learn more click on the attached links.