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    Public art finalists chosen

    Selected piece will be installed on the gateway island near the library
  • Four artists with widely different styles are finalists in an effort to create a $100,000 public art piece for a prominent location in downtown Ashland.
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  • Four artists with widely different styles are finalists in an effort to create a $100,000 public art piece for a prominent location in downtown Ashland.
    The public art will be installed at a site known as the Gateway Island, where Lithia Way, Siskiyou Boulevard and Main Street converge near the Ashland library and Fire Station No. 1.
    After examining applications from 68 artists, the Ashland Public Arts Commission recently announced Pete Beeman, Susan Zoccola, Roger White Stoller and John Buck as finalists.
    "It took seven meetings and many, many hours for each commissioner to read, review and discuss the submissions," Public Arts Commission Chairwoman Margaret Garrington said. "We are confident in our selection of the four finalists and look forward to the artistic concepts they develop for the Gateway Island site over the next several months."
    Beeman's large sculptures frequently move and some are designed to interact with viewers.
    "If an artwork cannot involve its audience, it has failed," the Portland artist wrote in his application.
    A towering piece he created for Taiwan allows a viewer to pedal a stationary bicycle, which causes the arms of a bright blue, yellow and orange sculpture to cycle around.
    His public art frequently has an industrial feel, incorporating metal plus vivid primary colors.
    Zoccola, who lives in Seattle, often uses natural forms to inspire her art. A piece she created for a Seattle site features a tall, grass-green pole topped with gently curving stems ending in maple tree seedpod-type forms. The pod shapes are lit from within by LED lights and move slightly in the wind.
    Zoccola created street lights that resemble pea pods or the gracefully drooping white blooms of lily of the valley flowers to mark the art district of Everett, Wash.
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