The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 15, 2013

Editorial: Public artwork ordinance a good investment for Enid

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A new city ordinance requiring money to be set aside for artwork on major public construction projects is a good idea.

Under the plan approved recently by Enid City Commission, up to 1 percent of the cost of a “major city construction project” will be set aside for public art, which can be a sculpture, mural or another artistic piece. The ordinance defines a major project as one with a price tag of $250,000 or more.

Art will be chosen by a seven-member panel known as the Visual Arts Commission. One member of the city commission and six others picked by the city will serve on the VAC.

Works will be judged on compatibility, appropriateness to the surroundings, a sense of order, preservation and integration of natural features, appropriateness to the project and representation of a broad variety of tastes within the community.

We like this idea.

It doesn’t involve a huge sum of money, compared with the total price of the project involved, but it’s a good investment. Many Enid residents have been working to promote the arts in Enid, especially in the downtown area, and this ordinance fits in well with that concept.

Artwork, as defined in the ordinance, will add to the project, increasing the visual appeal.

Enid has some talented artists. We’re excited to see what kind of works we will be seeing in the future.