Dublin will likely add two new pieces to its public art collection next year.

Dublin will likely add two new pieces to its public art collection next year.

Dublin City Council members are expected to pick an installation site for the next Art in Public Places addition next week. Earlier this month they also advised staff to develop a plan to install a town-pump artwork at BriHi Square in 2013.

"It would be part of the city's public art collection," said senior project manager Sara Ott of the water pump-inspired artwork. "I'm to bring back a plan to make that sculpture happen in the lower plaza of BriHi Square."

Ott's report will include the process suggested for selecting an artist, the role stakeholders will have in that process and how much artistic interpretation can be used in such a project.

The idea for a town pump came up around 2008, when the city began planning for the BriHi Square development.

The idea was "championed" by long-time resident and Dublin Historical Society member Carl Karrer.

The historical society wanted the city to recognize the significance of the town pump that once stood in the middle of the Bridge and High streets intersection and brought a presentation to council regarding possible artwork.

The pump was the first well drilled in Dublin and "for many years served those who did not have their own water or who were clients of the surrounding taverns, shops and inns that developed in the area. It naturally became a landmark and meeting place," according to information provided by Karrer.

As cars became more prevalent, a cement barricade was erected, but traffic continued to grow and in 1925, the Ohio Department of Highways ruled the pump had to be removed after 30 years of providing water, information from Karrer said.

The artwork suggested by the Dublin Historical Society came from a photo taken around 1920 of a man standing by the pump as a teenage boy helps a young girl fill a pail.

"We believe this is a uniquely appropriate image for capturing into lifelike bronze statuary that could be positioned at the southeast entry way of the new Bridge and High development," the presentation to council stated.

According to Ott, public artwork usually has a $150,000 budget from the city's hotel/motel tax.

"The city provides an endowment to the (Dublin Arts Council) through a contract which is 25 percent of projected bed-tax funds to be received," she said.

This artwork would be in excess of the biennial artwork, though. Ott said her report will include a budget for the project.

Council member Michael Keenan previously mentioned funding the artwork with a bed-tax grant.

While work is continuing on plans for water-pump art, council members must select a site for the 2013 public artwork. Ott previously brought three options before council.

Council members chose to put the water-pump art at the BriHi Square option, but did not like the other two sites.

Additional sites are expected to go before council at the March 26 meeting.

Once a site is selected, an artist will be chosen to create the art.

"It's typically a two-year process," Ott said. "You need a year to identify the site and an artist and one year to fabricate and install the art."