New York artist Donald Lipski has won a chance to create the most visible public art in Scottsdale at the site of the Scottsdale Waterfront, a source close to the selection process has confirmed.
The official announcement will be noon Tuesday during a public art program meeting, but one of the four artists who applied for the commission said that Lipski had won.
"Of course, I really wanted to do it," Rhode Island artist Brower Hatcher said. "But I did not get it. . . . It’s Donald Lipski."
Hatcher said Margaret Bruning, associate director for the Scottsdale Public Art Program, told him the news Friday.
Scottsdale Waterfront project director Brett Sassenberg and a public art program official would not confirm the information.
Lipski said Friday he was feeling "excellent" and said "thank you" when congratulated on the commission, but he would not comment further, saying the officials in charge of media relations want to "keep control" of the story.
Bruning said the official announcement about the commission would follow a presentation to the Scottsdale Public Art Commission. The commission could also give some feedback during the meeting about the artwork, she said.
For weeks, officials have been poring over the artists’ proposals for the commission, worth about $700,000.
Lipski and the others submitted their proposals for the Waterfront in November. The art will be located on the southwest corner of Scottsdale and Camelback roads in front of P.F. Chang’s China Bistro.
Lipski proposed a 30-foot-tall kaleidoscope made of three mirrors facing one another. The outwardly visible part of the mirrors would look like giant doors propped against each other.
Pedestrians would be able to walk inside the "Scottsdale-O-Scope" and see thousands of tiny reflections of themselves.
"It’s the sort of thing that driving by in the car, you’ll really get a large charge out of it," Lipski said in November. "It’s going to be so compelling, people will want to just come back over and over again."
Lipski originally proposed the idea at the city’s planned municipal complex on McKellips and Miller roads, but he lost out to competitor Dennis Oppenheim, who also submitted a proposal for the Waterfront commission.
Lipski’s other public art art includes the Denver Public Library’s "The Yearling," a 20-foot red chair with a horse on top of it. His work also has been on display in front of the White House, Central Park and the Grand Central Terminal in New York.