Spirit of Play

Submitted by Carol May

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Project

Client: City of Allen

Location: Allen, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $135,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

Matt McComb

City of Allen, Parks and Recreation Dept

Overview

We were chosen by the City of Allen to develop sculptural work for the first stage of a new athletic park. Spirit Park project consists of 13 sculptural elements up to 14’ and signage, sited in different areas of this athletic park. They include 2 benches, 4 free standing sculptures, 2 sculptures with signage, 4 bike racks, and 4 bas relief wall units.

Goals

The goal was to create a themed work for the entrance to the ball fields and the playground areas of the park. The initial thought was a singular piece, but it quickly developed into a series of human scale sized elements sited throughout the entrance walkways of the park.

Process

We worked with the City architects to develop and refine and ultimately site the work. With them, we developed a series of pieces that referenced the flora. The process began with sketches, then drawings, and finally scale models of each element. The City provided foundations to our specs for final installation.