Bountiful art walk to feature new sculptures

Aug 2, 2023, 11:17 AM | Updated: 11:34 am

A closeup of a sculptor's hands at work. Bountiful City will be hosting an art walk on Friday, Augu...

FILE - A closeup of a sculptor's hands at work. The Bountiful City Art Walk will feature five sculptures. (Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

(Kristin Murphy/Deseret News)

 BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Bountiful City will be hosting an art walk on Friday, August 4, 2023. The Bountiful Art Walk will take place beginning at 6 p.m. at the Bountiful Davis Arts Center.

Emma Dugal, a member of the Bountiful City Public Art Advisory Board said the event has been planned to show off five sculptures that were recently acquired by the city. 

This is the first year Bountiful City has hosted the event. 

Dugal said the city is buying some of the sculptures. Others are being leased from the artists who made them. 

The sculptures are meant to “add whimsy and character to Bountiful’s downtown,” according to the press release from Bountiful City Public Art Advisory Board. 

During the event, there will also be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the latest installation. The new sculpture is called “‘Dad’ the Dragon.”

Dad” is a permanent installation made by Deveren Farley. Dugal said it is installed in Bountiful City Plaza. 

“It was in St. George for some time, and that’s where we first saw it,” said Dugal. It was brought to Bountiful, and everyone liked it so much, the city decided to purchase it. 

City council members will be present at the event. The plan to share their thoughts on the latest art installation and Bountiful City’s public art program. 

The arts in Bountiful

The arts play a valuable role in the Bountiful community, according to Dugal. 

 The Bountiful City Public Art Program started about a year ago Dugal said.

“Bountiful City has always been very supportive of the arts, and I just think that they wanted to continue that commitment and so they formed the public art board,” said Dugal. The Public Art Board interviewed and selected Volunteers make up the board. 

Dugal said, “it just shows the continued and deep connection that Bountiful City has to art, which I am very happy about.” 

“I believe the mission, the goal is to bring more awareness to the arts … and to engage people in the arts. That’s why we’re doing the art walk so that we can introduce these sculptures to the people of the community,” said Dugal. 

Dugal hopes that even if some people don’t like the art at first, knowing more about how it came to exist will give them an appreciation of it. 

“I believe the goal is to bring more awareness to the arts, to Bountiful, and to engage people in the arts,” said Dugal.

At the event, there will be coloring books with pictures of the sculptures. Dugal said the books are meant as another way to get children involved in art making. 

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