Walnut Creek Regional Park Public Art Project

The City is commissioning artwork that will be placed at the entrance of Walnut Creek Regional Park. After taking applications, the Urbandale Public Art Committee has identified two finalists to design and fabricate artwork for permanent outdoor installation at the park. Give us your feedback on the two finalists and their proposals

seth emerson palmiter

Seth Emerson Palmiter: Gateway Sculpture

"I wanted to create art with dynamic, implied motion, color, and representational imagery that is both contemporary and apt. I truly wanted form to follow function so I chose a silhouette of the ever graceful sparrow (almost a scissor tail flycatcher) to create a diaphanous pattern in steel. The geometries of this bird are unique, an icon that can be readily embraced by all. The negative and positive forms that create this iconic form are also windows to the horizon beyond providing many vantages to delight the viewer. The sculpture will function as a living canvas, responding to changes in ambient light throughout the day. The Gateway Sculpture I created has a celebratory, energetic gesture, honors Urbandale’s natural beauty, and underscores the livability upheld by the City stewards. You have a wonderful community and I am honored to contribute to your burgeoning cultural narrative; I am confident the Gateway Sculpture will be a beloved Urbandale place-making experience and important community landmark..."

Cecilia Lueza

Cecilia Lueza: ELEVATE

"For Walnut Creek Regional Park we propose a signature, spherical sculpture inspired by nature and the beauty and freedom of birds. I find birds to be some of the most striking and intensely symbolic creatures on earth. Their beauty and their grace inspire me in many ways because birds are synonymous with flight and freedom. They are the symbol of many of humanity’s hopes and dreams. The purpose of the sculpture is to evoke a feeling of joy and contemplation while creating a welcoming and memorable experience for everyone who visits the park. The sphere is made out of .25” spun aluminum sheet. It will be five feet in diameter and weigh approximately 500 lbs. The bird shapes are hand cut using a plasma cutting tool. All edges are then hand ground and sanded. The sculpture is then media blasted and is given a coating of epoxy primer and finished in UV resistant industrial grade powder coat colors."

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The City of Urbandale is currently building a three-acre “Community Open Space” in Walnut Creek Regional Park (WCRP) at the southeast corner of Meredith Drive and 152nd Street. This makes it an ideal location for a “landmark” entryway that identifies the regional park. The commissioned artwork will be placed in the entrance plaza area, within the elevated limestone planting and seating area.

After taking applications, the Urbandale Public Art Committee has identified two finalists to design and fabricate artwork for permanent outdoor installation at the park. 

The Public Art Committee welcomes the community to review and to share input on the two finalists’ proposals by July 13, 2021. You can also drop off your comments in writing at the Parks and Recreation office at 3600 86th Street (across the parking lot from the library). A finalist will be selected in July, and the project is anticipated to be completed and installed by spring 2022. For questions or further information, please feel free to contact the Urbandale Parks and Recreation office at 515-278-3963.