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“The Hats” at Lincoln Park

Post Date:12/04/2018 9:56 AM

BURBANK, CA (November 27, 2018) – The City of Burbank Parks and Recreation Department invites the community to celebrate the completion of the Lincoln Park Public Art Garden with the recently installed public artwork, “The Hats” at Lincoln Park (300 N Buena Vista St) on Tuesday, December 18 at 10:00 AM.

Lincoln Park was designed with a rolling topography, meandering sidewalks to include three alcoves intended specifically for art installations. In 2016, through a competitive process, “The Hats” were unanimously approved as the artwork for the art garden by a Site Specific Selection Committee, comprised of various board members and City staff. Ultimately, “The Hats” were approved by the City Council. All funding for “The Hats” came from the City’s Art in Public Places Fund, monies collected from private developers that can only be used for permanent public art. 

“The Hats” at Lincoln Park was designed by a team of two artists, Michael Davis and Eugene Daub, who crafted the interactive sculptures to tie into the history of Burbank.  As Mr. Daub so intuitively stated in the interview process, this project presents “history in a playful way.” The first sculpture is Abraham Lincoln’s stovepipe hat which pays homage to the name of the park and the former site of Lincoln Elementary School. The second sculpture, a straw worker’s hat, was created to represent Burbank’s history in agriculture. The third sculpture, a helmet and goggles, was created in honor of Amelia Earhart who lived in Toluca Lake and flew in and out of Burbank’s airport.  

The City of Burbank’s Art in Public Places Program was founded in 1992. Per City ordinance, new development projects exceeding a construction budget over $500,000 are required to contribute 1% of the total project costs toward qualified on-site art or the percentage of the “art money” can be placed into the City’s Art in Public Place Fund.  These non-tax payer dollars are used to enhance, maintain or fund art located on public spaces. 

This project is another investment to enhance Lincoln Park but also enrich the overall Burbank community through increased cultural and social value through the implementation of public art.  Today’s youth are encouraged to ask questions about historical people and events, and advised to seek more information at the Buena Vista Library located at Lincoln Park.

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