Two new pieces of public art were commissioned through the ordinance in the City of Mesquite that provides two-percent of capital improvement projects be dedicated to artwork. Located at 757 N. Galloway, Mesquite Columns, by artist Cliff Garten of California was installed in the exterior plaza of the new Mesquite Municipal Complex. Tim Prentice from Connecticut created Three Ribbons, the sculpture that hangs in the lobby of the Municipal Complex.
Mr. Garten created two, twenty-three foot tall stainless steel sculptures that were inspired by the mesquite leaf. Stacked plates rise upward with a gentle arc allowing the nearly forty percent of material that was cut out of each plate to reflect light. During the day each sculpture becomes almost transparent until you walk by when they shimmer with the sunlight. At night, eighteen LED light fixtures reflect multiple colors giving the sculptures a sentinel effect which also casts a glow on the surrounding area including the modern building.
Mr. Prentice created three, twelve-foot long by a foot deep, ribbons of stainless steel that move in and out independent of one another. The subtle variations of air movement caused by someone walking along the balcony of the lobby or the air moving through the ventilation system cause the kinetic sculptures to exhibit an organic quality.
For information about the public art program in Mesquite, contact the Mesquite Arts Council at 972-216-6444 or go to www.mesquiteartscenter.org.