Following the success of The Benches in Bee Cave program, a pro-arts nonprofit is looking to build momentum toward a Bee Cave Sculpture Park.
Former Councilman Chad Bockius, the founder and director of the Bee Cave Arts Foundation, gave a presentation about the proposed sculpture park to Bee Cave City Council on Oct. 9.
"As a city councilman and as a city, I felt like we had spent a tremendous amount of time on the infrastructure on the city, and I believe we have done great work here," he said. "I really wanted to do something that would help the soul of this city."
Given the large scope of the project, Bockius said the City of Bee Cave would have to help take a lead with making the sculpture park happen. Council members expressed support for the sculpture park and discussed potential funding sources for the project.
"As our economy gets healthier and healthier with time, we are going to be able to devote more and more to those kinds of things that will really make us special," Councilwoman Zelda Auslander said.
Bockius said the plan is for the sculpture park to acquire permanent pieces over time while also having temporary exhibits.
Council members and Bockius agreed that the municipal complex park, which is behind what used to be City Hall and is now the Bee Cave police station in the Hill Country Galleria, could be a good location for the sculpture park. Given its proximity to the police station, there would always be security nearby, Mayor Caroline Murphy said.
Bockius said the purpose of the Oct. 9 presentation to City Council was to gauge city support for the project. He said the city support seemed to be there and that he would explore the next steps needed to create the sculpture park.