When it comes to public art displays in Door County, the village of Egg Harbor created a class of its own, and on the way amassed a collection of creative works noticeable throughout the village. The village highlighted varied projects during the third annual Public Arts Reception, hosted by its Public Arts Committee (PAC), on May 16.
At the reception, the 2014 “EGG-stravaganza” project was announced. “EGG-stravaganza” will be a celebration of Egg Harbor village’s 50th anniversary; 50 large egg sculptures will be displayed throughout the village – details for the “call to public arts” can be seen on the village website, with prospectus. The submission deadline is July 31.
Village administrator Josh Van Lieshout, former village president Nancy Fisher, Dovetail Gallery owner Kathy Mand Beck and Margaret Lockwood of Woodwalk Gallery helped found the committee as a way to accept artwork in conjunction with the new marina opening in August 2010.
PAC’s first pieces included the dramatic “Blue Sail” sculpture by Richard Edelman at the marina in Harbor View Park, and three metal wind sculptures by Dave Riemer in the park’s upper level. Other examples of public art include “Sunset Melody,” on display at the outdoor Peg Egan Performing Arts Center at Cherry View Park, and tree-carved totems near Beach View and Nature View parks.
Currently, seven projects, either on loan or donated, adorn the village, using no public money. The committee hopes to set up a process for commissioned pieces. All current projects are cataloged in a village arts and walking-trail map, available at the village office.