City of Bainbridge Island seeks comment about new public art proposal

The city of Bainbridge Island is seeking comments about a proposal to bring new public artworks to the Winslow area in rotating, year-long exhibits.

Called the “Something New” program, it was proposed by the city’s Public Art Committee and would establish up to four sites for outdoor sculpture display.

Works would be selected through a juried process, and would be displayed for a year and then rotated out for new sculptures.

A public meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in council chambers at city hall to gauge community support, and solicit possible locations for artworks if the program is approved by the council.

“The popularity of the new ‘Tribute Baskets’ sculptures at the Waypoint shows that outdoor art can really enhance our public spaces,” said Carl Sussman, chairman of the Public Art Committee. “Something New is an opportunity to bring more public art to the island at low cost, providing a great amenity for islanders and visitors alike.”

Something New is modeled after similar “temporary art” programs in communities around the country. Sculptures would be on loan from the artists for the 12 months they are on display.

Estimated costs for the program, officials said, are about $13,000 a year, not including a $15,000 startup cost to construct plinths (concrete bases) for the sculptures in various locations.

Funding would come from the city’s dedicated public art subfund. Under city regulations, 2 percent of eligible components of certain public works projects go into the fund for future public art projects.

Additional information on Something New is available from Arts & Humanities Bainbridge. Write to for more information.

Written comment on the proposal can be submitted to Kellie Stickney by email at, by phone at 206-780-3741 or in writing to Arts & Humanities Bainbridge, 221 Winslow Way West, Suite 201, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110.