|"Seagull on a Post"|
Leary Way & 159th PL NE
Every corner? So far, other than "Seagull on a Post" and the ERRATIC there isn't one art sculpture on a Corridor street corner, cross walk, sidewalk promenade, roundabout or gateway. Can you find any? If so, please comment below this post.
Seven years ago, ten community volunteers led by city staffers decided on a general strategy to bring art to Redmond Way and Cleveland Street and the connecting streets that provide north-south connections, aka "Cultural Corridor." One of their strategies was to work with developers as partners in implementing the plan. Another was to complete a demonstration art project as part of the Couplet Conversion.
It is now 2016 and what has been done with the developers to bring art to Cleveland and Redmond Way? Have code issues been addressed (another strategy). Incentives offered? Has anything been accomplished in the last seven years from this Master Plan?
The city ought to hold public workshops and forums to help us participate in major "streetscape" art planning and design for this corridor. Just maybe, we could bring something to the table. (After all, it's our town.) Staff is now consumed with traffic updates of the Redmond Way couplet project. Is there enough time left to implement the Corridor plan and start to engage us in it's design? The downtown has grown so fast since 2009; can the city catch up or is it already too late? In five years, look around, and we'll know.
....from a city webpage
• Cultural arts around every corner, 18 hours a day
• An exceptional built environment
• An anchor cultural institution
• A downtown that’s home to artists
• Destination quality artwork
• A place where art can flourish
Read the final version of the Master Plan
Master Plan for the Downtown Cultural CorridorThis plan augments the Cleveland Streetscape and Downtown Couplet Conversion projects by suggesting art experiences as key elements of the great streets strategy. This plan also advances the notion of a “Cultural Corridor” by recommending specific strategies that can be implemented over time to achieve the broader comprehensive plan goals for our urban center. Major strategies include:
• Completing a demonstration art project as part of the Couplet Conversion;
• Securing a sustainable funding source to implement this plan;
• Working with developers as partners in implementing this plan;
• Addressing code issues that may help in implementing the recommendations;
• Developing temporary and permanent platforms for art in the urban center.
BackgroundCleveland Street is being designed as the “main street” for Downtown Redmond, and the City has developed a concept of “great streets” as an important strategy to achieve this vision. This strategy reinforces the Couplet Corridor as a destination and the heart of Downtown.
The Redmond Arts Commission produced a Strategic Plan in 2009 that formulated a vision of Redmond as “A Community Inspired and Connected by Arts and Culture.” These strategies include creating a cultural focal point in Downtown by developing iconic pieces of art as well as supporting the creation of a cultural corridor.
These concepts were later incorporated into the Urban Centers section of Redmond’s Comprehensive Plan. The vision for Redmond’s urban centers emphasizes the roles for art and culture in creating community and economic activity.
The Downtown Cultural Corridor Master Plan provides a synergy between these three goals – the great street, cultural corridor and urban center – and suggests how city capital investments and re-development of the Downtown can support both Downtown’s larger vision, and change and growth in the arts.