Hillsboro to dedicate 'Stonehenge-like' public art
"What's going on at AmberGlen Park?"
Work at the park in northeast Hillsboro has prompted comments and questions from community members over the past few months. But on Thursday, Aug. 15, the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department plans to formally dedicate a new piece of public art in the heart of the AmberGlen neighborhood.
"Elemental Sequence," by artist Dann Nardi, includes a series of vertical pillar-like structures, which stand up to 9 feet tall, arranged around curved benches made of the same gray-white tinted concrete.
"The piece evokes hills, trees, and a winding stream under a dynamic sky," stated a press release from the City of Hillsboro on Monday, Aug. 12.
Valerie Otani, public art supervisor for the Hillsboro Parks & Recreation Department, describes "Elemental Sequence" as "almost Stonehenge-like."
Nardi says the negative space is important to the art installation, just as the concrete forms are.
"Once you walk through the piece, you get a sense of rhythm," Nardi said, as quoted in the city's press release. He encourages viewers to get up close to experience the artwork.
Nardi, who is based in Illinois, was selected for the public art project at AmberGlen Park by a committee of city staff, residents and local artists.
"Elemental Sequence" will be dedicated with a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. New Vision Dance Co. will perform an original dance composition inspired by the artwork.
Following the ceremony, visitors are invited to stay for a free concert, part of Hillsboro's summer Showtime Concert series. Precious Byrd will perform danceable rock-and-roll music that should entertain audiences of all ages.
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