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BURBANK : City Unveils History-Themed Work of Art

Spanish explorers were in Burbank last week. They were among the 17 images engraved in a 20-by-16-foot concrete sculpture unveiled on the corner of 3rd and Angeleno streets.

About 70 people attended a dedication ceremony Thursday, including Burbank Mayor Bill Williams and city officials.

The free-standing work, titled “Burbank Evolves,” is formed of three adjoining concrete walls that depict the city’s history. Indians, Spanish explorers and railroad cars are among the images engraved in the sculpture.

Tony Sheets created the piece in six weeks. The cost of the project was $27,000, funded by the city’s Art in Public Places Ordinance. The ordinance requires all new commercial, industrial or public projects costing more than $500,000 to spend at least 1% of their budget for public art.

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“Burbank Evolves” is part of the Burbank Courthouse parking structure built in May. It is the fifth piece the city has completed since the ordinance was adopted in 1992.


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