Last week the West Hollywood City Council approved a $90,000 contract for public art to go up at the under construction West Hollywood Library. The city's Urban Arts Subcommittee selected the project artist, and the choice was made official by the Cultural Affairs Commission in July. While the media is "TBD," there will be a large work on the building's facade and "smaller installations may appear on multiple sides of the building," according to the contract, which specifies "The design will incorporate different areas of color, patterning, symbols, and possibly portraiture." WeHo public art projects with budgets over $50,000 must be overseen by a public art consultant, and library architect Johnson Favaro has chosen Merry Norris, who has worked with Morphosis and Gehry Partners, and helped shepherd in the LED pylons and other art at LAX. Designs for the library art will be finalized in December or January. Are you wondering who the artist is? Well, we can't really say. But at least one LA Times Op-Ed writer recently compared him to Roman Polanski. Ouch. *Good new or bad news? The council didn't actually approve the contract, but yanked it off the agenda in light of this particular artist's recent legal troubles with the Associated Press. The Beverly Press has more.
· ConstructionWatch: Johnson Favaro's New West Hollywood Library [Curbed LA]