|TURTLES ISLAND FOUNTAIN
Artist, Scott Parson
In November 1996, Berkeley voters adopted Measure S, which authorized bond funds of $4 million for public improvements in the Downtown Area. A total of $900,000 was allocated toward the renovation of Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park. The Turtle Island Monument project received Measure S funds totaling $34,000.
In 2003 a Call to Artist design competition was advertised nationwide and proposals were reviewed by a Selection Committee comprised of: two Civic Arts Commissioners, two Parks & Recreation Commissioners, two Landmarks Preservation Commissioners, two members of the Native American cmmunity and one Parks Recreation & Waterfront Department staff person.
On April 27, 2005, the Civic Arts Commission approved Scott Parson of Sioux Falls South Dakota, as the artist to complete the Turtle Island Monument at the Civic Center Fountain. Parson was contracted to design, develop and install four bronz Loggerhead Turtles and four stone medallions in the Civic Center Park Fountain. In 2008, Parson shipped the finished turtles to the City for public display elsewhere until the Civic Center Park Fountain is restored. The turtles are currently displayed in the Martin Luther King Jr Civic Center, 2180 Milvia Street, 1st and 5th Floor Lobby.
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