Swan’s “Sun Dial,” installed at Webster Avenue and West Main Street, is comprised of three sheets of steel — made brick red with a chemical patina — welded together, featuring cutouts of scissor-tailed flycatchers that casts shadows on the surrounding sidewalk. Swan said he wants the public to be able to relate and engage with his work.
“I wanted something I was very happy with as well as something that people would like,” he said.
With three years under his belt teaching at the Firehouse Art Center, this is Swan’s first experience with a public art installment. Swan said he is grateful for the chance to be more fully integrated with the community thanks to this project.
Several more PAB projects are currently under way, including the addition of more duck sculptures in public parks, an OU student public art exhibit in Lions Park with Hil’s sculpture class, and an upcoming call for artists for artful bicycle racks. Walker said none of these projects would be possible without the ample support of the city of Norman.
Mayor Cindy Rosenthal spoke briefly during the dedication ceremony and said the city supports local arts because the arts both stimulate the local economy as well as provide a positive, enriching aspect to the local quality of life.
She said the city looks forward to working with local arts organizations like the PAB and Norman Arts Council to continue creating public art and arts opportunities.
“We’ve got big aspirations and the ability to move them from aspirations to reality is going to take some financing. But I think we’ll get there,” Rosenthal said. “There’s just so many opportunities around town in terms of public spaces to put public art, and to celebrate public art, that I think the possibilities are almost unlimited.”
Walker said there are several options for making donations to PAB. For one time donations, visit the Norman Arts Council website at www.normanarts.org or call 405-360-1162. Donations can also be added to city utility bills. Contact the city’s utility billing department at 405-366-5320 for more information.