If all goes according to plan, a sculpture of some kind, possibly made of glass and illuminated by solar lights, will be making an appearance on the lawn next to the Dexter Grist Mill in the coming months.
That was the unanimous decision of the board of selectmen last night which was reacting to a request from the Glass Town Cultural District. The cultural district asked for approval to commission a temporary public art project for the site.
“This project will be temporary, having a life of approximately three years,” Jeanne Prendergast, chairman of the cultural district, told the selectmen. “Love it or hate it, it will be gone.”
Ms. Prendergast said the district will send out a call for artists to submit their ideas. A review committee, comprised of designers, museum directors, historic experts and a liaison from the selectmen, will then review the submissions and choose the best among them.
The parameters would be that glass be used because it is for the Glass Town Cultural District; that it be historic in some way to respect the downtown historic district; that it be lit by solar lights; and that it be interactive.
“We want everyone to be excited about this,” Ms. Prendergast said.
The cultural district steering committee chose the Dexter Grist Mill because it is in the middle of village and it seems like a safe place—behind Town Hall and behind a fence, Ms. Prendergast said.
Town Manager George H. (Bud) Dunham suggested the cultural district representatives touch base with Town Engineer Paul Tilton because the grass around the grist mill is often wet.
“He can help you stay out of the mud pits,” Mr. Dunham said, only half jokingly.
In answer to a selectmen’s question about funding, Mr. Prendergast said it was all set.
“We have the money in hand to pay for it,” said Ms. Prendergast, explaining that the district has acquired grant money and raised funds for the art project over the last few years.
The Glass Town Cultural District has supported First Night, Cape Cod Chorale and the downtown trolley, which ferried people to various tourist spots in town.
Because of that work, the cultural district has been awarded grants from the state and the town, Ms. Prendergast said.
The selectmen suggested that the final art project come before them for approval before the go-ahead is given to the artist.
“It will not be anything shocking or horrible,” Ms. Prendergast said, adding however, that she did not want to hinder the winning artist’s creative spirit.