East Stadium Bridges
Stadium Boulevard is a significant four-lane thoroughfare in Ann Arbor serving as the city's primary east-west artery and south-side bypass of the downtown area. The area around the East Stadium bridges is highly diverse in terms of population and traffic patterns. Apart from heavy car traffic, there is also pedestrian and bike traffic along State Street and across Stadium Blvd.
The critical location of the site and its diversity makes it the ideal backdrop for a highly visible public art project that has the potential to become a landmark for the city and its residents.The purpose of this public art project is to create visible artwork that can serve to identify this location of diverse use in Ann Arbor. The art must increase the awareness of multi-modal transportation methods on and in the area of the bridges and encourage their safe, complementary use. The goal of the artwork is also to further the connections between the nearby neighborhoods.
Nationally recognized artist Catherine Widgery has been recommended by the selection panel serving the Ann Arbor Public Art Commission and the City of Ann Arbor to create the public art project that will adorn the East Stadium Boulevard bridge. The artist’s proposed concept for the project was widely supported by community feedback conducted by the Public Art Commission and the selection panel. The commission and panel will now work with Widgery to refine the concept to a final design before it can be offered for the approval of the Public Art Commission and finally the City Council.
Catherine Widgery, has a well-established record working on art projects in public spaces, having completed over 30 works in public spaces, and has been selected multiple times for the Americans for the Arts and Public Art Network's Year in Review list of best projects. Her most recently completed public art projects are located in Toronto, Ontario, and Denver, Colo.