Proposed Public Artwork for Fire Station #3
In December 2012, artist Betsy Schulz was selected as the public artist for the City of Carlsbad’s Fire Station # 3, tentatively scheduled to open February 2015. The new facility will be located at Cannon Road and Wind Trail Way. At left is a detailed look at a portion of the artwork (see more images).
Betsy has been working closely with representatives of the Fire Department, the project architect and project manager to make sure the proposed artwork will be well integrated into and appropriate for the entire facility.
Vision for the artwork
Her assignment was to create a work and setting that:
- Could be used for gatherings such as swearing in and awards ceremonies, press conferences or September 11 tributes.
- Would help visitors appreciate the history, sacrifices and accomplishments of those who serve the community as fire personnel.
- Tells a story with a sense of history and place that will encourage visitors to walk the front entry of the station and interact with the artwork.
- Represents the service and commitment that fire personnel provide to the community on a daily basis.
- Serves as an inspiration to fire personnel who are training in the facility.
About the proposed artwork
The proposed art murals and concrete treatment are designed to encourage visitors to walk to the front of the entry, interact with the murals and learn about Fire Station #3 and some facts about firefighting.
There are three murals to the right of the station's front doors and four to the left. The murals consist of a combination of historical, fire-related artifacts and sculpted firefighter clothing and gear in the foreground. The background contains glass chunks, found objects (some melted by fire), tiles with silk-screened photos, historical facts, newspaper headlines and snippets of text specific to the Carlsbad Fire Department. This concept allows the history and legacy of fighting fire as well as Carlsbad's Fire Stations to be shared with young and old.
To create a connection between the murals to the concrete in the front entry, there is crushed, colored glass seeded into the concrete. See more images of the proposed artwork.
We want your feedback
Betsy’s proposed design has been presented to City of Carlsbad Fire Department representatives and to the city’s Arts Commission. Now we'd like to know what you think.
Your comments will be reviewed and considered by the Arts Commission before a report and recommendation on the proposed artwork is presented to the City Council. Please fill out a comment form at Dove or Cole Library and leave it for us in the paint can next to the forms by end of day Wednesday, Oct. 2. Thank you in advance for your participation in this important community process.