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Local public art projects in annual review of top in United States

“Point of Origin” by Matt Dehaemers, and “Deuce” by James Woodfill, are two of 39 projects selected from a field of 189 entries to be featured in Americans for the Arts “Public Art Network’s 2004 Year in Review.”

Public Art Network is a program of Americans for the Arts designed to provide services to the diverse field of public art and to develop strategies and tools to improve communities through public art. The annual publication is a guide highlighting what are considered to be the most successful, innovative and exciting public art projects in the United States.

“Communities across the country are developing innovative ways to involve artists in the design of public space,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts.

“The Year in Review recognizes ‘Deuce’ and ‘Point of Origin’ as two of the premiere public art projects in the United States for 2003-04.”

“Point of Origin” was hung over Central Street as a temporary public art installation during Avenue of the Arts 2003, an annual program sponsored by the Municipal Art Commission, CDFM2 Architects, and DST Systems Inc. The ghost-like woven trolley car was reminiscent of historical trolley cars from Kansas City’s past.

“Deuce” is a recent addition to the City’s One-Percent-for-Art Program, administered by the Municipal Art Commission. Along with similar programs in more than 300 other cities and counties in the nation, this program stipulates that 1 percent of construction and renovation costs related to City-owned buildings be set aside for public art enhancements.

This is the second year in a row Woodfill has been recognized by the Public Art Network’s Year in Review. Last year, Woodfill’s collaborative artwork “Pulse,” created with local architecture firm el dorado inc., also was recognized among the top public artworks in the country.

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