The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 4, 2001 · Page 32
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 32

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 4, 2001
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04 FRIDAY, MAY 4, 2001 encore! THE SALINA JOURNAL Public / Art must be practical • MUSIC VIDEOS FROM PAGE D1 "Her vision is very much formed and shaped by the place" and the people, said Martha Rhea, arts and humanities commission executive director. Mechanics integrated Johanson also keeps mechanics in mind. She earned an architecture degree after her two art degrees. "As an artist, the design I make is not going to be the same kind of bike trail (the Kansas Department of Transportation) designs, but it has to conform to all KDOT standards," Johanson said. She's also a practical artist. "If it's not functional and doesn't meet the budget, it doesn't get built," she said. That attitude has been formed during about 30 years of working in public art. "She was at this before most of us knew what public art was," said Shawn O'Leary, Salina city engineer and a member of the team putting together the South Ninth project. O'Leary, a technical-minded person, appreciates Johanson's architecture background and willingness to use Salina as inspiration for the project. "Public art has got to have that An artisfs Vision • WHO: Patricia JohansQn,"the artist helping to design the South Ninth Street corridor • WHAT: Exhibit of site plans, drawings, photographs and videos of her work • WHEN: Tuesday though June 10 • WHERE: Salina Art Center, 242 S.Santa Fe sense of place," O'Leary said. "It's got to be something unique to Salina. You can't take what worked in Southern California and.plop it down in Salina." The South Ninth project is in its third phase, the area between Magnolia Road and Belmont Boulevard, O'Leary said. The city has set aside $2.5 million and hopes for another $1 million state grant to build a hike-and-bike trail. Word on the grant will come back later this month, and the outcome will affect the project greatly With the grant, Johanson will work under more constraints because the hike-and- "It'sgottobe something unique to Salina. You can't take what worked in Southern California and plop it down in Salina." Shawn O'Leary Salina city engineer # bike trail will be required. Early ideas are to build a trail that moves up and down to give people different vantage points. The collaboration among Johanson, the city and project engineer Wilson and Co., 1700 E. Iron, is going well, according to everyone involved. "It's best to start early in the process because the artist has a wide impact on project design. This is the preferable way to go," said Troy Eisenbraun, Wilson project manager. The timeline calls for design plans to be finished by the end of the year with construction beginning between March and November 2002. The portions of South Ninth that have been rebuilt in recent years also will be a part of the new design. Public art pioneer Johanson, 60, sometimes cringes about her age when her peers call her a "public art pioneer." "We had these ideas in the '60s, but it wasn't a named thing at that point," she said. "Everybody is in the process of discovering what can be done with that." Artists first made large sculptures and monuments for public display. The ideas came entirely from the artists. Some angered the public and were removed "In a lot of cases, it was not a happy outcome," Johanson said. Fortunately for her, the communities that are home to her work give her positive feedback. "The truth is, I never really know what the outcome will be before it's built and it's there," she said. "I work out of a base of experience. Each project is different, and I never really know how it will be received. I always cross my fingers and do a lot of research, but it's still dicey" • Reporter Amy Sullivan can be reached at 823-6464, Ext. 125. or by e-mail at sjasullivan@sal 'ThriUer'topsVHrs list of greatest videos By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Michael Jackson's "Thriller," a mini-movie that was more of a pop culture event than a mere music video, topped VHl's list of the "100 Greatest Videos," which the cable music channel released earlier this week. Clocking in at 17 minutes, "Thriller," was much hyped before its 1983 premiere on VHl's precursor and sister channel, MTV, and it helped catapult Jackson's album of the same name to the top of the all-time best-seller list. The video features Jackson turning into a werewolf after going on a date to a scary movie, then, performing one of his signature dance routines with a gaggle of ghouls behind him. Coming in second was Madonna's "Like a Prayer," which caused a stir for depicting the pop diva kissing a black Jesus figure. Madonna had six videos on the list, more than any other artist.'Her "Justify My Love," which MTV refused to air in 1990 because of its kinky sexual images, came in seventh. Jackson had the second-highest number of videos on the list with five. The black-and-white video for "Scream," a duet with his sister, Janet, was No. 9. Several animated videos made the list, Peter Gabriel's colorful, stop-action extravaganza, "Sledgehammer," came in third overall. The video for the Norwegian trio A-ha's "Take on Me," which combined live action and comic book-style pencil drawings, was No. 8. Rounding out the top 10 were Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," the first hit from the pioneering Seattle grunge band, at No. 4; the dramatic "November Rain" by Guns N' Roses at No. 5; Pearl Jam's "Jeremy," with its images of school violence, at No. 6; and Herbie Hancock's mechanical "Rockit" at No. 10. 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