In 2017, a group of volunteers formed the Historic Kenwood Public Arts Committee to make art visible in our neighborhood. We developed a Public Art Master Plan with goals, objectives, operational policies, and a hefty list of projects.
1st Generation Finials
After the Seminole Park Benches, our next project was to commission artistic finials for the top of 16 of the signposts throughout the neighborhood. The chosen pieces were designed by YaeL Kelley, Mike Baker, Rich Pollin, Paul Barrera, Mike Toth, Sallie Hackett Brown, Dwayne Shepherd, William Bryant, and Janna Kennedy.
2nd Generation Finials
In 2021, new finials will add character to 17 additional street corners. 2021 neighborhood artists include Mike Baker, Paul Barrera, Mary Hausler, YaeL Kelley, Janna Kennedy, Rich Pollin, Nick Ribera, Michael Satino, Mike Toth, and Luci Westphal.
With the city’s new sign ordinance requirements, these new pieces are to be installed at 10 feet on the post instead of at the top. And there’s more to come as we strive to have art eventually on each of the 130 signposts in the neighborhood!
Most of the 17 new finials were installed on Historic Kenwood street corners in time for BungalowFest on November 6th, 2021.