A new Edmond apartment complex celebrated its grand opening Thursday, which included dedicating the city’s latest piece of public art.
Representatives from the city joined staff from the Legend V Apartments, 2133 E. Second Street. The site features an abundance of art inside the elegant clubhouse, and the city’s newest piece of public art. It is the creation of Dale Lamphere, a sculptor from Sturgis, S.D. The cost was $60,000 with the City of Edmond and the apartment developer each paying half of the cost.
The roughly 20-foot-tall, 2,000-pound piece was made with stainless steel and granite from a Georgia quarry, said local art supporter Randel Shadid. He described it as “magnificent.”
“We had high expectations of a unique piece, but it exceeded everybody’s expectations,” Shadid said.
Lamphere’s resumé includes “Prairie Grass,” an abstract landscape piece made with fabricated stainless steel for Citizens Bank of Edmond, and “Tall Grass,” another fabricated stainless steel abstract landscape piece for the bank.
Examples of Lamphere’s work are also on display at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, S.D., the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Archdiocese of Omaha, Neb., and at various other cities across the country including Burbank, Calif., and Loveland, Colo.
Shadid said the City of Edmond has now bought 124 pieces through its public-private program. Another 25 pieces have either been purchased outright by the city or are on loan through the program to private owners, Shadid said. He said he appreciates the apartment developers being part of the program.
The new gated community’s amenities include a high-tech fitness center, a V-shaped pool with a misting sundeck and a poolside fireplace, attached and detached garages, a business center and conference room and a pet park.
City officials say public art increases tourism, creates a cultural environment for local youth and beautifies Edmond. Citizens help support the program, managed by Edmond’s Visual Arts Commission, through donations. An ordinance passed in 2001 provided for acquisition of art by the city.
Apartment amenities include roommate floor plans, garden tubs, nine-foot ceilings, washers and dryers, stainless appliances, patios and balconies, granite countertops and natural wood cabinets. Prices range from $849 to $1,259 for a three bedroom, two bath unit.
For more information about the Legend V Apartments of Edmond, call 285-2900 or visit www.legendvapts.com.
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