UPDATE (April 12, 2017) : The city approved the lease of this art today for a period of one year.
The city is once again contemplating more art be installed downtown, this time at City Plaza where the Believe sculpture is located.
At nearly $65,000, the “Space Whale” sculpture will be paid for out of the city’s room tax funds for public art.
“The’Space Whale’ provides a tourism amenity; it is in compliance with the use of room tax funds,” according to a city statement. “The sculpture was featured at Burning Man 2016. The Space Whale is a full scale stained glass humpback whale mother and calf. The Space Whale LLC teamed with artist Android Jones to create the sculpture in steel and stained glass.”
The sculpture is proposed to be at the plaza from May 31, 2017 to May 2018.
“Since the sculpture has delicate stained glass, the city has also asked that the The Space Whale LLC inspect the piece weekly to assess any damage, of which the city will pay up to an amount of $2,000 to fix,” according to the city. The sculpture will be where the Portal of Evolution sculpture used to be.
The item will be heard at tomorrow’s city council meeting.
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Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has served in communications positions for various state agencies and earned a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time appointment for the Mineral County University of Nevada Extension office.