2017-07-14 / Front Page

Council approves sculpture at police station

$145K set aside for artwork
By Caitlin Trude


PUBLIC ART—The Moorpark City Council voted July 5 to commission Los Angeles-based sculptor Heath Satow to install a sculpture outside the city’s police station on Spring Road. The artwork will “commemorate fallen law enforcement officers” and “represent the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protectors of civilians from criminal elements.” 
Courtesy the City of Moorpark PUBLIC ART—The Moorpark City Council voted July 5 to commission Los Angeles-based sculptor Heath Satow to install a sculpture outside the city’s police station on Spring Road. The artwork will “commemorate fallen law enforcement officers” and “represent the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protectors of civilians from criminal elements.” Courtesy the City of Moorpark A sculpture outside the Moorpark Police Services Center will stand as a symbol to honor the officers who have given their lives to protect the communities they served.

The Moorpark City Council voted unanimously July 5 to give the go-ahead for an artist to start work on a sculpture to be installed outside the city’s police station on Spring Road.

Adding public art pieces throughout the city has been a goal of city officials the past few years.

In 2013, Moorpark’s arts commission directed staff to scout artists to create pieces for various public locations. The commission focused its attention on bringing artwork to the police station.

In late 2015, the council approved the selection of Los Angeles-based sculptor Heath Satow for the outdoor piece.

Staff said Satow’s design, called “The Thin Blue Line,” will “commemorate fallen law enforcement officers” and “represent the relationship of law enforcement in the community as the protectors of civilians from criminal elements.”

The art piece, which will be about 20 feet tall, will depict an abstract figure of a police officer. Composed of mirror-polished stainless-steel, it will be set on a pedestal in the front of the entrance at the police services center.

At night, the artwork will be illuminated in blue light, which will be created by painting the center-facing sides of each half of the piece with high-intensity blue paint and illuminating them from the center of the base with white LED lighting.

In addition, four bronze plaques will be mounted on the base of the sculpture. What will be inscribed on the plaques has yet to be determined, but staff said ideas include a description of the artist’s vision for the piece as well as a quote that has significance to the police station staff.

“ The city has set aside $145,000 to fund the design, construction and installation of the project, as well as an additional $17,500 for site improvements. The money will come from Moorpark’s Art in Public Places Fund.

“One thing that bears repeating . . . is that we do not use taxpayer dollars for this project, that this is from a separate fund that has been put away over the years from developer fees,” Councilmember David Pollock said.

Officials said the goal is to have the art piece installed by early 2018.

Councilmember Mark Van Dam was concerned the project was taking too long to get done.

“From when the council approved this in 2015, (it took) well over a year to get to the point where we have a final design,” he said, urging staff to ensure the installation process doesn’t take longer than necessary to move forward.

“Right now, we’re very confident,” Laurentowski said. “It was a little difficult to get our contract finalized. The artist is also very popular . . . we knew we would be at least a year out from day one, and we’re a little past that.”

Angel Castillo, Satow’s manager, also felt the contractual process slowed down the pace of the project.

“The City of Moorpark is challenging with regards to some of the contractual things with insurance and that took a lot of time to work out. The whole process is a little clunky,” she said. “We have never missed a deadline (and) I feel extremely confident that we will make that deadline.”

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