Redmond’s recent renaissance is about more than bricks and mortar. A great appreciation for art and culture has also played a role in the city’s new look. Redmond’s foray into public art began with two very generous donations to the City of Redmond from Nike’s founder, Phil Knight and his wife Penny. Their contribution set in motion the creation of two art-focused groups, the Redmond Art Commission and Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places (RCAPP).
The newest addition from the Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places and the City of Redmond was recently installed at the intersection of US 97 and Highland/Glacier Avenue. The piece, called “Thoughts of Flight”, stands 25 feet tall and welcomes motorists to Redmond. Created by local artist Jerry Werner, the sculpture is covered in brushed metal with kinetic movement, words to contemplate, and neon lighting.
Redmond has several permanent public art pieces and several “on loan” pieces through a unique program called Art Around the Clock. This outdoor gallery is designed to enhance the beauty and livability of the community and features a select showing of juried pieces on a rotating basis. These beautiful works of art are available for purchase by the public or the community. Scheduled to rotate every two years, the exposure for the artist and the opportunity for the public to appreciate the artist’s work makes the program a win-win.
At the completion of each gallery season, the community has the opportunity to vote on a “People’s Choice Award.” The Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places then purchases the piece for the City’s permanent public art collection. The hope is to create a community full of artistic expression with more locations for hosting and viewing art.
For more information, or to inquire about purchasing art,
please call 541-923-7763 or visit www.ci.redmond.or.us.
Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places