The Argo Cascades public art project will be informed by the historical connection of the urban city and the natural river at this location. The public art here will be a marker of the community’s interest in “facing the river” and will celebrate the river as an asset and a source of drinking water. Because of the celebration of the river as a source of drinking water, the design must convey the importance of water quality and the conservation of water to preserve its use as a resource.
The project serves as a first step towards the implementation of an Art Walk along the Huron River. It is intended to tie into a larger scheme reaching beyond the city limits.
The artist finalists for the public art project are:
- Jann Rosen-Queralt, is a site-specific artist and an educator at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She was the lead artist for a large art installation at a Seattle Wastewater Treatment Facility reconstruction in 2011. http://jannrosen-queralt.com/
- Mags Harries and Lajos Heder, a successful design team who have completed over thirty installations with budgets up to $6 million dollars. http://harriesheder.com/
In October, the artists will be presenting their conceptual design for artwork at the location.
The Ann Arbor Public Art Commission selected Argo Cascades as a location for public art. The artwork will have a natural appearance and not interfere with the park amenities at the Cascades. A selection panel, with membership that included residents of the nearby neighborhoods, reviewed over 50 submissions for the project and selected the finalists. The artist finalists will be asked to develop a design proposal for the location. Their initial designs will be received by the selection panel in the fall.