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St. Petersburg Public Arts Commission Raises $400,000 for Pier Public Art Display

St. Petersburg Public Arts Commission Raises $400,000 for Pier Public Art Display

A large waterfront plaza has emerged as the centerpiece of the 25-acre Pier project planned for downtown, acting as a gathering spot that would serve as the city's "living room." It's "the heart and soul of the whole project," said city architect Raul Quintana , addressing a committee that will decide what kind of public art should grace the $66 million Pier District.

The pier public art committee, appointed by the city's Public Arts Commission, hopes to supplement the almost $400,000 allotted for pier public art with private donations. Consultant Ann Wykell, a former cultural affairs manager for the city has been hired to supply the committee with a curated list of artists from which to choose, and to help solicit additional funds for the project.

The committee's job is to pick an artist, artwork and installation site or sites and make a recommendation to the commission, which will send its decision to the City Council for approval.

The plaza would be near Spa Beach and a children's play zone, sitting between the pier approach and Pier itself. A pavilion would provide shade, snacks, restrooms and Adirondack chairs. Those features would sit near a children's splash pad. Work on the Pier District is scheduled to begin early in 2017, with a grand opening expected late in 2018.

"It's the place where we believe families are going to congregate," Quintana said.

The plaza, which is evolving in its design, is one of several sites being considered by the pier public art committee. Quintana said that he wants the project "done to the level of quality that is going to live out there for 100 years." Local residents will be the beneficiary of the public art project.

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