RENO, Nev. (KOLO) — The City of Reno is putting the finishing touches on the Midtown Virginia St. construction project. A new work of art will feature the roundabout in front of Junkee Clothing Exchange and Antique in late September.
The abstract sculpture was created by artist Hunter Brown and is called “Reciprocity”. The 30 foot work of art is made of stainless steel and brass. According to Megan Berner, coordinator of the city of Reno’s public art program, it cost $60,000. “Half of that came from our public art committee funding, which is our 2% for our ordinance to the city, comes from the tourist tax. Then the remaining $30,000 came from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Berner said the community wanted a coin that represents Midtown. “We really responded because the community here and a lot of business owners, and people who live in this area, wanted something you know. Midtown is unique to Reno and we wanted ED to express us and we wanted artwork,” she said.
Berner continued, “It’s going to be a very iconic sculpture, it’s very large and different from what we have in any collection. It will definitely be a landmark here.
In October, the city will also add artist-made bike racks and benches.
Berner said the city is bringing in artists for a future art project to wrap permanent artwork on Midtown light fixtures.
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