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Close Park Public Art Selection: ‘Close, Closer, Closest’


TOLEDO, July 2018: The Arts Commission has announced the selection of artwork for a new large-scale public art project in West Toledo.


Through an effort to further distribute Toledo’s public works of art more evenly by district, Close Park in District 5 was identified as a site for a new public art project for 2019.


Nestled in a densely populated West Toledo neighborhood and across the street from Blessed Sacrament School, this site has been identified as an ideal location for a new public art project.


A request for qualifications was sent out on January 4, 2018, which resulted in responses

from over 60 artists from all over the United States.


After an extensive review process, including community meetings with neighborhood stakeholders, the Design Review Board has selected Minneapolis artist Randy Walker’s proposal entitled Close, Closer, Closest. The installation includes approximately 400 colorfully painted steel poles representing each house in the immediate neighborhood. The poles will stand in a small garden mimicking the larger shape of Close Park.


Like the park itself, Close, Closer, Closest will be an interactive life-filled space, with changing experiences throughout the seasons and multiple vantage points as the viewer moves around and through the sculpture. Close, Closer, Closest is an artistic visualization of the neighborhood.


In keeping with this concept, community members will have the opportunity to directly impact the final form of the artwork. Through a series of outreach methods, each household in the immediate neighborhood will determine the height (corresponding to the height of a chosen member of the household) and color (selected from a limited palette of colors found throughout the neighborhood) of one pole.


Participants will also have the option of writing down a story or memory relating to the park, to be rolled and placed within the poles like messages in a bottle, or a community time capsule. A written document indexing pole location and participants’ names will be provided for public reference.


Installation of the work is planned for spring of 2019. The budget for the project is $70,000 and is funded by the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art Program.


On the Internet:  http://theartscommission.org/

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