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The Port of San Diego on February 28 announced that Minneapolis-based sculpture artist Randy Walker has been awarded a $110,000 budget to develop a “temporary, multi-site artwork” for the Port’s Tenth Avenue and National City Marine Terminals.

As the winner of the Port’s call for artists to participate in the “WRAP” project, Walker is tasked with developing a “new public art project designed to encourage artistic investigation of Port tidelands” that “creatively reveals, through a wrapping approach, some aspect of the working port while providing a unique visual experience for both pedestrians, vehicular and/or waterside traffic.”

Walker is credited with previous works commissioned by government agencies in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, among others.

“My work in the public realm has centered on using found spaces and objects as frameworks for artistic intervention. I’m interested in studying the environment around us, seeking ways that I can alter it,” Walker tells the Reader. “I have found fibrous materials particularly suited to this way of working. Rather than cover or completely disguise something as might be done with solid material like fabric, fiber allows me the freedom to build a delicate surface, line by line, exploring a specific space.”

Concepts for the new installations are currently being developed, with the new work to be unveiled sometime next spring and displayed for approximately a year.

“For the WRAP project, I will be researching the Tenth Avenue Terminal and the National City Terminal, gaining an understanding of the distinct site characteristics, infrastructure, and purposes that define each terminal.” Walker continues. “I will be looking for the places, spaces, and objects that suggest a unique potential for an artistic alteration that hopefully will cause people to notice, reconsider and perhaps even rethink what has been in plain sight.”

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