WAYZATA, Minn. – Installation is complete on Forecast’s latest consulting project! Foster Willey’s sculpture, Big Water, acts as a gateway to the city of Wayzata, Minnesota, and celebration of Lake Minnetonka.
Inspired by the natural local landscape, the curvilinear eight-foot stainless steel sculpture was carefully scaled and sited. Willey worked with an industrial fabricator and a structural engineer for the larger parts of the 2,000-pound artwork. Details and finishing touches were completed by the artist in his Saint Paul midway studio. The stainless-steel sculpture is lit both internally by color-changing LEDs, as well as externally with accent lights.
Big Water is the City of Wayzata’s first commissioned piece following Forecast’s work with the city a few years ago on a new public art policy. For this piece, Forecast facilitated the commissioning opportunity and selection process, and Willey’s design was selected by the City of Wayzata’s public art committee. The Wayzata Rotary also provided support.
When Forecast consults with a city on a new project like this one, we help the client throughout the entire process. In initial meetings, our team builds understanding of the field of public art, we listen to client-selected committee’s goals, and we help orient the committee on possibilities that will address their specific needs. Next, we manage the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process by organizing the criteria, drafting and sending out the RFQ, and receiving submissions. We manage the finalist selection, as well as the subsequent interview process in which one artist is selected to be commissioned, and help forge consensus.
Project committee member Mayor Ken Willcox said of the city’s new sculpture: “I think it sends the right message that this is a city that really appreciates beauty and creativity.”
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