City Council approves art pieces for Downtown

This sculpture, called My Heart is in Your Hands, was one of the five pieces selected to be installed throughout Downtown Downey.

This sculpture, called My Heart is in Your Hands, was one of the five pieces selected to be installed throughout Downtown Downey.

DOWNEY – The City Council approved five pieces of art to be placed within the Downtown Downey area on Tuesday.

As part of the Art in Public Places Program, staff has been working with the Downtown Subcommittee – made up of Mayor Alex Saab and Councilman Rick Rodriguez – to determine what pieces would be placed.

The pieces selected include From a Different Perspective by Jane Dedecker, Homeward Monarch by Joe Norman, My Heart is in Your Hands by Jane Dedecker, Infinite Dance by Carol Gold, and On a Roll by Jack Hill.

Councilmember Saab said that “we went through quite a bit of [art] pieces.”

“Obviously it’s all subjective, right,” said Saab. “I think when we went through these, we tried to make them neutral to a certain extent; not overly scandalous but also something that’s gonna really give some character to the particular area that its in. We took a little bit of a conservative approach I think because it’s Downey Avenue and we’re not necessarily the most edgy city.”

The total cost for the project is $320,250, with the funds fare currently budgeted within the City’s Arts in Public Places budget.