The public is invited to an open house on Feb. 8, from 2-4 p.m., at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, to celebrate the city's newly installed 60th anniversary artwork.
The commemorative piece is called Cultivate and celebrates the incorporation of Sugar Land on Dec. 29, 1959. The artwork is composed of nearly 200 independent hanging glass ribbons.
A selection panel composed of residents, a regional artist and an industry art professional reviewed more than 40 proposals and unanimously selected Texas artist Tim de Jong, of Wimberley Glassworks studio, to create the project.
The panel was impressed with the artist's vision of a dynamic yet subtle selection of color and layout that is harmonious with the design of Sugar Land City Hall and creates a visual connect to the plaza outside.
Cultivate is part of the city's ongoing public art program, an effort identified by citizens to enhance destination centers and public places that attract both visitors and residents.
"This public art project represents an important step in the ongoing implementation of our Public Art Program," said Assistant City Manager Jennifer May. "It not only enhances the beauty of Sugar Land, but it builds our reputation as an art and cultural destination. It's our goal to create memorable, meaningful places that are focal points for our community and enhance the appearance of our public facilities. The appearance of our community and the amenities that we value contributes to what makes our city one of a kind. It's part of what we call the Sugar Land Way."
Funding for the project was approved by the Sugar Land 4B Corporation, an entity created to fund economic development and quality of life projects through restricted sales tax revenue. No general property tax dollars were used. A focus on tourism and commercial sources to reduce the property tax burden on homeowners has been a key to delivering quality services while maintaining one of the state's lowest property tax rates.
For more information about the artwork or event, contact Sugar Land's 311 contact center at 311 or 281-275-2900 or [email protected] More information about the city's 60th Anniversary is available at www.sugarlandtx.gov/CelebrateSL.