Clayton Public Art Commissions
Client: City of Clayton, Missouri
Location: Clayton, Missouri
Selected Artists: Alice Aycock, Todd Frahm, James Surls
Pictured Above: The Uncertainty of Ground State Fluctuations by Alice Aycock, 2007. Molecular Bloom with Single Flower by James Surls, 2013. Photos courtesy of the artists.
Over the past fifteen years, Via has worked with the City of Clayton, Missouri and numerous partners to build the community’s public art collection. Based on the recommendations of a comprehensive public art master plan that Via was asked to develop in 2002, recent public art commissions strive for creativity and innovation, community and site-orientation, and reflection of the values and diversity of the audience.
In 2002, Via helped the city commission emerging artist Todd Frahm to create Youth, a playful sculpture made of Bedford Limestone, to fit with the Park’s renovation plans. The park is now known in the community as “Acorn Park,” after the sculpture.
From 2004 to 2007, Via worked with the City of Clayton, Missouri, the Clayton Art Commission, and the Clayton Sports Wellness and Recreation Commission to manage a public art project for The Center of Clayton, the City’s recreation and community center. The resulting artwork is Alice Aycock’s whimsical piece entitled, The Uncertainty of Ground State Fluctuations.
In 2013, Via worked with the City of Clayton and the Clayton Century Foundation to facilitate the selection of James Surls’ Molecular Bloom with Single Flower for Shaw Park. The artwork was installed to celebrate the City’s centennial. It serves as a gateway to the City’s premier park, and is also a visible icon from the central business district.