Young said the COVID-19 pandemic has caused several types of delays for both projects. It took a while to get permits from the city and determine what materials will be needed.
âRight now we’re picking up where we left off in the spring of 2020. We’re moving forward as permits are approved,â Young said.
How developers work with artists
Joe Peatman, administrator of the Peter A. and Vernice H. Gasser Foundation, said Foundation members care about these local projects.
âWe want the artwork to reflect what is happening with buildings today. Everyone at the Gasser Foundation loves art. We love to see art on the projects we build, especially pieces that are attractive, durable and colorful, âsaid Peatman.
The Gasser Foundation, the developer behind the South Napa Marketplace and the South Napa Century Center, is required by the Napa Public Art Ordinance to either install public art at the site of its developments or pay the same amount as an in-lieu tax in the City of Napa Art Fund. Constructed art must be equal in value to 1 percent of the construction costs of the development project.
âYou have the option of paying a fee to accomplish this or working with an artist to install the art yourself. We always want to work with the artist to create art that is easy on the eye and lifts your spirits, âsaid Peatman.