The overall project budget has been established in the amount of $800,000. The budget for the sculptures has been determined to be in the amount of $600,000. A Maintenance Fund in the amount of $200,000 to support the stewardship of the sculptures is envisioned as a necessity for annual maintenance. The campaign to raise funds for the project started in 2017. The City of Pueblo has appropriated $130,000 to contribute 1% of bridge construction costs for public art. These initial funds will be used to administer the project and provide matching funds for corporate donations and grants.
WHAT IS AN ART MAINTENANCE FUND?
The City has a strong desire to demonstrate stewardship for the longevity of Art in Public Places. The maintenance and upkeep of public art in the past has fallen short of expectation of the community. Community and art leaders feel strongly that this particular project should establish a dedicated fund limited to and for any maintenance related items such as graffiti removal, cleaning and repairs as needed in the future. The addition of lighting was an important project scope item which also will need to be paid for and repaired or replaced at times. Like all public art this project and its monumental presence is a showcase as a gateway to our community and region which will require it to be properly maintained for lifetime.
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS AND THE TIMEFRAME FOR THE PROJECT?