Client: Paseo Arts Association / Paseo Arts District
Location: Oklahoma City, OK, United States
Completion date: 2015
Artwork budget: $30,000
Joy Reed Belt
Paseo Art Association
Jonathan Hils Sculpture
Commissioned to create a visual center point for the Paseo Arts District. The piece is welded and powder coated steel. 14.5 ft. x 12.5 ft. x 10 ft. Using CAD software, vector drawing software and CNC fabrication the piece is assembled from several individually designed panels and assembled like a puzzle and welded.
Commissioned by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation for the Paseo Arts District, Flamenco was chosen through an open call to memorialize the life of John L. Belt. A lawyer, philanthropist, community leader, and passionate supporter of the arts; John and his wife Joy Reed Belt helped to reimagine the historic Paseo district into an art and education destination for creative individuals and businesses in Oklahoma City. Flamenco was conceived to celebrate John Belt's life and continuing legacy in Oklahoma City and unknown to the artist was a detail that on John and Joy's honeymoon they traveled to Valencia Spain where the first evening of their trip they went to see professional Flamenco dancers perform.
Aside from interfacing with the city engineers and permitting authorities, this project was designed and created from the basic ideas that were transmitted from Joy Belt and the impact she hoped this sculpture would provide the arts district as a lasting legacy.
The sculpture received the Curtis A. Schwartz Cityscape Award from the Oklahoma City Arts Commission on April 5, 2016.