Community members are invited to learn more about the Town of Twisp’s “gateway” public art project at an open house next Wednesday (Feb. 27) at 5 p.m. at the art studio of Perri Howard on the TwispWorks campus.
Howard and her husband, Craig Howard, have been selected by the town to create large sculptures that will be installed at Twisp’s north and south boundaries, to provide a visual welcome to people entering town from either direction.
The open house will include a presentation about the proposed project. The Howards submitted a design called “Mountain Home” that has been accepted by the Twisp Town Council. The artwork evokes the feeling of mountain ranges that provide the backdrop for Twisp and the Methow Valley.
The artwork will be made of three perforated, laser-cut steel plates, set parallel to each other to resemble a mountain landscape. They will be about 10 feet tall and will be placed on both sides of Highway 20 at either end of town. The sculptures will be illuminated at night, and the design includes the town name.
The Town Council approved a $60,000 contract with the Howards for the commissioned art project. Funding for the project comes from a $250,000 federal grant called “Complete Streets,” which also includes money for new decorative light fixtures in downtown Twisp, and installation costs for the public art and light fixtures. Both the public art and lighting are expected to be installed next spring.
On the south end of town, the sculptures are proposed to be located just east of Ayers Road within town limits. On the north end of town, the artwork would be installed along the highway south of the Calvary Chapel church, just outside of Twisp town limits. The town is proposing to extend the 35 miles-per-hour speed limit zone out to the new sign locations.
Perri Howard has a studio called Velocity Made Good on the TwispWorks campus and has created many public art projects in her career. Craig Howard has designed and built custom furniture as well as logos and signs, and works primarily in metal. He also consults for nonprofit organizations.