Sculpture honoring late Dana Point historian gets approval
A sculpture to honor late Dana Point historian Doris Walker-Smith was approved by the City Council on Tuesday.
Walker-Smith, 78, and her husband, Jack Pierson Smith, 81, died after a fire consumed their house in October.
The bronze sculpture, designed by Dana Point artist Christopher Pecharka, will depict a pop-up storybook featuring quotes from Walker-Smith's books. It will be placed in Heritage Park, 33282 Old Golden Lantern, in an area named the Doris Walker Overlook, formerly called Compass Point.
Pecharka also created the design of the Veterans Memorial at Strand Vista Park and "The Top Men" sculpture at Dana Point Harbor.
City staff said the project would be completed just before Walker-Smith's birthday, Aug. 18.
"It's so nice to see government work fast, especially when it's to honor someone like Doris," City Manager Doug Chotkevys said. "I'm really happy with the job the (city) Arts & Culture Commission has done."
The sculpture will cost the city up to $40,000, city staff said. The money will be taken from the city's Art in Public Places fund, which has a current balance of $167,548.
The sculpture comes amid a city effort to install more public art around town. The city established the Arts & Culture Commission last April, then unveiled an art fountain in La Plaza Park in December and was a primary backer of the Dana Point Symphony, a municipal orchestra that debuted in February.
The commission also is displaying local art at City Hall that will change every two months.
- Staff writer Frank Shyong contributed to this report.