Plans for a sculpture park are taking shape near the Bee Cave Police Department off Texas 71.
The City Council approved Tuesday night spending $9,935 for the first phase of the sculpture park. Former City Council Member Chad Bockius, who’s helping to oversee the park project, said it will give a second life to a seven-acre park across from the police department.
“It’s an amazing asset that’s under-utilized,” Bockius said.
The sculpture park is a project of the Bee Cave Arts Foundation, a nonprofit that Bockius started about three years ago. The arts foundation has worked to bring attention to the arts in Bee Cave through projects such as summer art camps and student art shows and having decorative art benches on display in the city.
The foundation will contribute $8,850 to the park project, Bockius said.
Bee Cave’s contribution will include $3,000 from the city’s hotel occupancy tax, money that can be used to promote tourism and the arts. According to a city document, Bee Cave had $24,264 in its hotel occupancy tax fund.
Bockius said the sculpture park will open in October. Before then, wider trails will be added to the park, which includes part of a pond. Also, some trees and brush will be cleared, and 10 concrete sculpture pads for the artwork will be installed. Bockius said the arts foundation will seek sculptures that vary in theme and size, from a few feet tall to 10- to 14-feet tall.
In the weeks ahead, artists will be asked to submit their ideas before sculpture selections are made this summer, he said.
Art foundation officials will soon determine how the sculpture will be selected, and they may use social media to get community feedback, Bockius said.
Bockius said park construction will be minimal, and the park will maintain a natural look, which includes trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses and wildflowers.
“We couldn’t be more excited. This has been a long time coming,” Bockius said.
On April 20, there will be a volunteer day at the sculpture park to help clean it up, Bockius said.