The $5.3 million investment in the BCYF Vine Street Community Center allowed it to receive several necessary repairs and upgrades, including:
- renovating and reconfiguring all interior spaces
- adding a fitness center
- expanding the teen center and improving access to the center, and
- adding air conditioning to the gym, and much more.
This Percent for Art Project is the first of two projets connected to the Vine Street center. The budget is $150,000. The second project is focused on interior wall design and was open to artists working in two-dimensional media.
The Boston Creates cultural plan calls for public art that embraces a neighborhood's identity and adds to a strong sense of place. The City gathered the following feedback and values from the Roxbury community:
- The importance of the entrance to the building as a place of arrival. The entance should be inviting and inspire engagement with the community center.
- Interest in art that would invite the community to the center. The art should foster a sense of intimacy and complement building's architecture.
- The need to avoid creating a feeling of clutter or chaos. The streetscape is discontinuous and has different architectural styles, setbacks, and parking lots.
- The desire for a sculpture that complements the renovation of the community center. It should be a source of pride for the community.
- Artwork made of extremely durable materials. Children and youth should be able to interact with it.
The City has identified the landscaped area in front of the center as a recommended site for the artwork. However, the artist may suggest an alternate exterior site.
About the Artist
Casto Solano Marroyo is a Basque artist who began his artistic trajectory as a student of both Fine Arts and Industrial & Electronic Engineering. In 1984, he was awarded his first public commission. He installed his sculpture, "Freedom," on the streets of the Basque Autonomous Region's capital city, Vitoria-Gasteiz.
A series of high-profile commissions in Spain followed. These led to the creation of signature public artworks in the cities of Bilbao, Vitoria, Madrid, Valencia, and Burgos, to name but a few. Casto has created signature artworks for high-profile public commissions in the cities of Vancouver, Seattle, Saint Paul, and Spruce Grove AB.
Casto's art encompasses a philosophy of discovery and optimism. He often focuses on the depth of our connections to each other, and the land we live on via explorations of history, ecology and our community heritage.