Redmond has experienced a recent community art renaissance, much to the appreciation of both residents and visitors.
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 evolving aesthetics.
Redmond’s foray into public art began with two generous donations to the City of Redmond from Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny. This 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. Called “Thoughts of Flight,” the piece stands 25 feet tall and highway motorists in Redmond. Created by local artist Jerry Werner, the sculpture (featured on the cover of this publication) is covered in brushed metal with kinetic movement, words to contemplate, and neon lighting.
Redmond also features several permanent public art pieces and several “on loan” pieces through a 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, displayed on a two-year rotation, are available for purchase by the public or the community.
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 about Redmond's vast and impressive display of public art pieces, to take a walking tour, or to inquire about purchasing art, call 541-923-7763 or visit www.ci.redmond.or.us. Or, visit Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places online at www.facebook.com/RedmondPublicArt.