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Boerne's Public Art Collection is Growing!

Boerne- Art Al FrescoBoerne’s Public Art Collection Captures the Hearts of Locals and Visitors Alike

Over the last couple of years a few interesting characters have taken up residency along Boerne’s trails and downtown Hill Country Mile. Old “Wild Bill” Hickok surveys the comings and goings of visitors and shoppers along the Mile, while shooting stars burst forth in front of the Patrick Heath Public Library. Twisted metal becomes a treble clef as you change your vantage point, and a playful bunny greets walkers at the Cibolo Trailhead. Many have come across the sculptures quite by surprise, and have been pleased to learn that it’s not just a chance meeting at all—but that there is a five-year strategic plan in place to increase the Public Art program to bring more opportunities and access for visitors and residents to experience, touch and appreciate art.

As part of this plan, the city launched Art al Fresco last year, a temporary "art on loan" program consisting of 9 chosen pieces which incorporate a variety of materials including welded steel, bronze, blown glass, and others. It’s a walkable adventure for everyone, becoming more personal when experienced with the accompanying Otocast app, where each sculpture is described with interesting narratives spoken by the artists themselves.

Boerne- Art Al Fresco-DancerBoerne’s Collection Grows by Two

After considering public votes and other factors, Boerne voted to add two of the Art al Fresco sculptures to its permanent collection.  “Dancer 2015” by Jerry Daniel and “Comet and Raven: Messenger From Afar” by Joe Barrington were chosen to be permanently installed in the City. Daniel’s piece was the top vote getter in the recent public poll, earning the honor as “Boerne’s Choice”.

Additionally, the City is issuing a Call for Entry through November 15 for a new Art al Fresco exhibit set to debut in March of 2017. Professional public artists are invited to submit work to be considered for this unique opportunity to show their sculptures in Boerne, and 10 pieces will be selected by The Boerne Public Art Competition Committee for a 12-month temporary exhibit. Details for the Call for Entry are available, and submissions will only be accepted at www.publicartist.org.

 Messenger from Afar“Public art is one of the best ways to bring art to the people,” said Paula Horner, President of Hill Country Council for the Arts. “It’s free, you can come as you are and there are no intimidating venues or galleries. We encourage everyone to come experience Art al Fresco, and all of the sculptures in Boerne.”

For more details on Boerne’s Art al Fresco, visit www.artalfresco.org and download the Otocast app for a free audio walking tour. Join the conversation by following Art al Fresco on Facebook and Twitter.