The City takes a percentage of all major capital projects and spends it on art. Their policy is that the art installation should be located in close proximity to the capital project that generated the money.
The reconstruction & widening of Bronson Avenue will cost about $30 million for the first phase alone. Here is an excerpt from the City’s press release regarding the Bronson art project:
“city officials noted that just as additional landscaping is proving difficult to provide, because as the landscape architect says “the houses are too close to the road”, and just as the road widening is proving difficult to accomplish “due to the constrained right of way — the houses are too close to the road” so too the arts community is having great difficulty finding any free space along the street for art installations.
But being creative, our arts community has solved addressed this challenge by miniaturizing the art installations. A sample installation was unveiled today by Mayor Watson, accompanied by a mob of traffic consultants. “It is truly amazing what can be done for a community” said Mr Watson, who went on to praise the artful miniatures. “Once we do all the little access caps, we are planning to go 2.4% bigger, if we can afford it, and paint at least part of the traffic controller switch boxes at every intersection.”
The artwork unveiled by Mr Watson is titled “choose love” and shows a little girl crossing Bronson by means of an aerial balloon: