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City of Reno to officially dedicate Dragonfly art sculpture at Virginia Lake

Post Date:02/13/2018 8:52 AM

The City of Reno invites media and the public to the official dedication of the Dragonfly art sculpture on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Virginia Lake. The dedication will happen on the south side of the lake, near the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Eastshore Drive in Reno.

“I am very proud of the public outreach conducted to help select this next significant art piece to our community,” said Ward 2 Reno City Councilmember Naomi Duerr, who is also the Council liaison to the Arts and Culture Commission. “We’re thrilled with the outpour of public support, which illustrates the impact art can have on a neighborhood.”

Artist Peter Hazel’s mixed-media sculpture features a large dragonfly perched on a clump of cattail. The dragonfly, with a body covered in vividly colored ceramic mosaic tiles, features iridescent stained glass and steel wings in an intricate pattern reminiscent of a real dragonfly's wing.

The cattails are sculpted from heavy gauge steel, which will develop a beautiful rusty patina over time. The sculpture is embedded in a large concrete base that sits below the waterline out of sight, yet it provides structural stability to the piece.

The artist worked with local Anderson Elementary School students, who assisted with the creation of the mosaic tiles. The school is located adjacent to Virginia Lake. This partnership enhanced the students’ education by working with an experienced local artist, and added to the community aspect of the project.

The Neon Dragonfly Boutique is sponsoring event refreshments, which will be provided by Delicious Designs.

Background

On August 9, 2016, the Reno Arts and Culture Commission (RACC) scored Hazel’s sculpture the highest of the top four projects presented to them from the Virginia Lake Call for Artists. A total of 23 artists submitted ideas for the project, which was judged by a combination of Ward 2 Neighborhood Advisory Board (NAB) members, City of Reno staff and the Public Art Committee.

On September 28, 2016, Reno City Council unanimously approved an agreement to purchase Dragonfly in the amount of $50,000 from Room Tax and Residential Construction Tax (RCT) Fiscal Year 16/17 funds.

The Parks, Recreation and Community Services department allocated, in accordance with Reno Municipal Code Chapter 22 “Art in Public Places,” $25,000 in District 5 RCT funds toward public art at Virginia Lake related to capital improvements. The Arts and Culture Commission also allocated $25,000 of Room Tax funds to go toward the public art project, considered a tourism amenity, creating a total budget for the Virginia Lake public art project of $50,000.