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9/11/2014 - "Dawns Silver Lining" Receives International Design Award

Brad Anderson or Kay Quinn
 (785) 309-5770



(SALINA, KS 09-14) Salina Arts & Humanities and the City of Salina recently learned that “Dawn’s Silver Lining,” the large-scale public art work on South Ninth Street designed by artist Barbara Grygutis and installed in Fall 2012, has received the 2014 Juror’s Choice CODAaward for the Public Spaces category . The CODAawards are presented by CODAworx, (Collaboration of Design + Art) a global organization based in Madison, WI that celebrates design projects that demonstrate successful collaboration and integration of commissioned art into interior, architectural or public space. CODA also recognizes exemplary creative work in film and video, through a separate awards program
  The 2014 CODAawards drew 366 submissions from 32 countries. Winners include artists, architects, designers, art consultants and public-art agencies. A panel of  16 jurors including David Rockfeller, Jr and architect Hugh Hardy selected winners in 10 categories, plus two People’s Choice awards.
 Both beautiful and intricate, “Dawn’s Silver Lining,” a six-part aluminum sculpture, reflects the Kansas landscape during sunrise and sunset. Grygutis was inspired by the silhouettes of shelter-belt trees that are a familiar visual element of rural Kansas.
 The focal tree forms of “Dawn’s Silver Lining” were translated during production into durable and low-maintenance laser-cut aluminum. The semi-transparent sculptural encasements deflect natural and artificial light around the forms, creating changes in color and mood within a 24-hour time period. The piece is situated on a major commercial roadway and one of Salina’s primary southern entryways. “Dawn’s Silver Lining” was officially dedicated on November 1, 2012. 
 The creation of “Dawn’s Silver Lining” as a public-art work also was influenced by long-range goals to enhance Salina’s infrastructure, including its interstate entrances and major arteries, while welcoming local residents and regional travelers. South Ninth Street also played a significant role in the historic development of Salina and its continued growth.
“Dawn’s Silver Lining” was selected as a 2014 CODAaward honoree as an example of the cooperation and engagement between numerous public and civic entities, as a commissioned, permanent art work. A project-site committee, engineers, architects, fabricators and other professionals contributed time and talent. From initial concept and planning stages to fabrication and installation, the public-art process for “Dawn’s Silver Lining” ensured that relevant and critical stakeholders were as well-informed as possible, according to CODAaward organizers.
"It is an honor to have this project recognized with CODA's top award in the Public Spaces category,” says Brad Anderson, Salina Arts & Humanities director. “Salina should be proud that this work has been recognized amongst projects submitted by larger cities with much larger budgets."  Grygutis remarked that "Working in Salina was an experience all the way around” and appreciated working with many project partners that played a role in the design, fabrication and installation processes.
In addition to the online record and recognition of the 2014 CODAawards, Interior Design magazine has dedicated a two-page spread specifically to “Dawn's Silver Lining” in its August 2014 issue. The CODAawards for which Salina’s “Dawn’s Silver Lining” was chosen is the first juror’s award for work in a public space ever awarded by the group in the state of Kansas.
For additional information on the CODAawards program, contact Roze Pirvany at CODAworx at or at 608-467-3040 in Madison, WI. 

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Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.