Welcome to the City of Plainwell’s Public Art Page! Plainwell’s Public Art Procurement Program seeks to showcase public art on an annual basis for placement throughout the city, integrating art with economic development by enhancing Plainwell’s “sense of place” while meeting the following goals:
- Commission public art for permanent placement in Plainwell and its environs.
- Inventory current public art and add commission pieces to the list to develop an “art trail” for residents and visitors.
- Leverage human capital and cultural resources to generate economic vitality through tourism and cultural attractions.
- Expand public experience with public art. Increase awareness and participation in public art.
- Integrate artworks and the ideas of artists into a variety of public settings with the objective of contributing to the city’s sense of identity.
- Develop a sense of history and community identity through public art.
- Enhance urban design objectives with public art.
CURRENT STATUS OF THE PUBLIC ART PROCUREMENT PROGRAM
Complementing the Plainwell Arts Council’s mission, “Art for All,” the City of Plainwell also sees the potential benefits to the community, especially if with time, a critical mass of public art can be inventoried to develop an eventual art trail throughout the city. In its inaugural year, the pilot project of the PAPP in 2012 is the “Renaissance Race” sculpture that was placed at the entrance plaza of the rejuvenated paper mill in the central business district with a $10,000 award prize. The second piece, “Iron Archer,” was installed in Plainwell’s downtown plaza, and dedicated May 30, 2013. It is anticipated that these will be the first in a series of public art projects; a mechanism to support a city-wide public art policy.
Renaissance Race Sculpture
Iron Archer Sculpture
Plainwell Mural by Conrad Kaufman