Two design concepts for the theater corridor will be presented by public artist Gordon Huether at a public meeting starting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 31, in the City Council Chambers at 1175 East Main St. Huether will give a second presentation the following night to the City Council at its Aug. 1 business meeting.
The theater corridor, a pedestrian walkway leading from Main Street to the Thomas Theatre, was identified by the Downtown Beautification Commission as a space that needed improvements and that would benefit from a public art installation. The walkway is between Starbucks and Earthly Goods.
In July 2016, the Ashland Public Art Commission published a call inviting professional artists to submit their qualification for consideration of the project. Twenty-eight responses were received. The list was narrowed to four artists and, based on the artists’ experience, aesthetics, interview and references, Gordon Huether was selected. Information about the Theater Corridor public art project, including Huether’s response, is available online at www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=17214.
The vision for this project is an original, permanent installation of contemporary art. The finished theater corridor project is meant to enhance the barren pedestrian corridor and transform it into a lighted artful walking experience encouraging exploration and use of the walkway both day and night.
A selection panel, independent of the Public Art Commission, will select one of the two concepts as its recommendation to the City Council. The City Council is expected to make its decision at its meeting on Sept. 5.