Art is a component of the Broadway Street improvements designed to beautify the portal that connects the city to the canyon.
The $700,000 project includes renovated sidewalks, landscaping and irrigation, and is partially funded by a $480,000 grant. Sculptures by Cheryl Ekstrom and Marsh Scott will beautify it, if the City Council approves the Arts Commission's recommendations at the July 17 meeting.
"This is the first time I have ever won," Ekstrom said. "I felt like Susan Lucci."
Ekstrom's art can been seen throughout town. Two of Ekstrom's pieces are currently at Montage Resort and Spa, which chose her work as part of its obligation to provide public art as a condition of construction.
Ekstrom's work can also be seen at Jahraus Park, which has one her 20 "Warriors Against Angst" that she created to assuage her grief at the death of her mother and her brother in 1996.
"Each of the warriors represented a different emotion — sadness, defeat, strength to go on," Ekstrom said. "I was obsessed and completed all 20 in six months. All of my work comes from within."