Despite protests, Phoenix set to OK $2.4 mil aerial artwork

Janet Echelman's proposed art piece for the planned Civic Space park in downtown Phoenix.[Source: Connie Cone Sexton, Arizona Republic] — It has been called a floating jellyfish, an iconic piece of art, and a waste of taxpayer money.  But with a majority of the Phoenix City Council’s endorsement Tuesday, the proposed piece of public art for a downtown park is now being called a sure thing. 

In a 5-3 vote, the council gave preliminary approval for a contract to engineer, fabricate and install the art.  It will be suspended about 55 feet above the Civic Space park, which will be built north of Van Buren Street between Central and First avenues. The contract is expected to be formally approved during a regular City Council meeting at 3 p.m. today.  The engineering contract, worth nearly $1.9 million, will go to Tucson-based Caid Industries.  The entire project will cost the city about $2.4 million.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

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