Mar 11, 2015 10:47 AM by News Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Sacramento will pay $8 million for a sculpture by renowned artist Jeff Koons that will stand outside a new downtown sports arena.
The Sacramento Bee newspaper reports the city council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a contract with the New York-based Koons, whose whimsical works have been shown in museums around the world.
The agreement also dedicates $1.5 million to local art for the arena. That money, most of it from a private donation by local art patron Marcy Friedman, was contingent upon the council approving the contract with Koons.
The newspaper says the vote came during an overflow meeting at which some residents vented frustrations that local artists weren't considered for the main art project.
Construction of the arena could begin this year.
Information from: The Sacramento Bee
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