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New Public Art Display Comes With A Hefty Price Tag

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Within the last year,  the city of Yakima has completed two big construction projects. The M-L-K Boulevard and Lincoln underpasses. Now, they're looking to create a new city art display, but it could come with a hefty price.

Tuesday evening the Yakima City Council voted to put 450,000 dollars of unused project funds into a new city art display.                       They're calling it the "Bins of Light" a project that began almost 5 years ago, and it's finally becoming a reality.

The display is a series of light installments that represent the rich culture Yakima has in farming.

City council members and many of those in the art community believe this type of visual art is what the city needs to stand out.
"I think this will be a part of what will not only increase tourism but make our city more attractive to business coming here," said the Yakima City Museum curator Andrew Granitto.

Granitto hopes new displays like this one, will draw in trendy businesses, create more buzz for our local vineyards, and make the city a more beautiful place to live, but he certainly hasn't forgot the price tag that comes along with it.

"I know that there are a lot of people in this town who don't believe their tax dollars should go to something they believe is a luxury like public art," said Granitto.

City council members say while it is expensive, all of the money being used is left over from the underpass projects. They'll even be using a portion of the unused money on a safety sidewalk project for both the MLK and Lincoln underpasses.

 The city council knows this project is expensive, but they believe it will have people smiling once its completed.

"Public art is not for everybody, it's in the eye of the beholder but I think everyone will appreciate it once it's complete," said Economic Development Manager Sean Hawkins.

The public art display still has a long way to go, but that isn't stopping Granitto and those in the community from getting excited about the completed design.

"It's something we haven't seen anywhere, it's going to put us on the map when other cities see what we did, I think they will be very impressed," said Granitto.



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