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Sculpture Artist Selected for Public Art Piece at Shute Park Branch Library

Post Date:06/11/2015
One hundred seventy artists from across the country applied for a commission to create an artwork at the newly renovated Shute Park Library. The public art selection committee viewed close to 1700 images and interviewed four artists before selecting Blessing Hancock of Tucson, Arizona. Hancock has installed monumental sculpture around the world, often using interactive elements that envelop the viewer in color or sound. She has completed several projects at libraries in which library patrons have contributed favorite quotations that were incorporated into the artwork.

The art selection committee looked for high artistic quality combined with the ability to connect with the local community and involve them in the creative process. Hancock has degrees in both sculpture and landscape architecture, drawing on those skills to craft a unique experience for each place.

Christine Martell of the Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council who served on the selection committee was enthusiastic. “I'm particularly excited about Blessing's experience with engaging the community to bring their imagery and words into her sculpture. She also works with light and shadow in a way that enlivens the space around the work that should be particularly powerful here.”

Shute Park Branch Librarian Hillary Ostlund welcomes the coming artwork. “Hillsboro's Shute Park Library and the Park is just a perfect place to feature public art! Libraries are all about community and connection; by adding this new artwork, we are highlighting our mission to encourage exploration, creativity, and curiosity and to really connect with our residents. Blessing has already visited the site and was taken with the space, the park, the trees, and we know she will just bring something spectacular to Hillsboro.”

The highly visible location on SE Tenth Avenue is an opportunity to create an artistic gateway to downtown Hillsboro as part of the City’s new Wayfinding Program, welcoming people to the library, Shute Park, SHARC, Hillsboro Senior Center, the Health and Education District and the active Latino business community.

Hancock has already made an initial visit to Hillsboro, and she will return this summer to share her concept and gather input from the community. To see her work, go to her website at blessinghancock.com. More information about Hillsboro’s Public Art Program can be found at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/publicart.

Hillsboro Public Art is a program of the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department.
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