East Stadium Bridges
Presentation of Art Design Proposed for A2 Bridges
A presentation of the final art design proposed for the Ann Arbor Bridges location, at Stadium Boulevard and State Street, will be offered to the public on:
Monday, April 21st
Beginning at 7pm
Downtown Ann Arbor District Library
343 S. Fifth
The art proposal was designed by artist Catherine Widgery. She is an award winning artist who has created over fifty site-specific artwork in the US and Canada. Her work has been featured on the cover of Sculpture and World Sculpture News magazines.
The proposed art, titled Arbor Winds, features etched glass and layered images of trees. Widgery describes the trees as metaphors for our own paradoxical fragility and strength in the context of our life cycles. Inspired by architectural louvers, the work repeats a design element that uses three panels of glass to create a single image. Within each panel there will appear an afterimage, resulting from the double-sided glass etching, as if the wind has blown the tree. The project will include lighting to allow the artwork to be luminous and visible at night. It is proposed to be placed at the State Street underpass and at two points along Stadium Boulevard’s sidewalk.
Widgery presented the original design at a public meeting on June 7th. Since then, the artist has incorporated feedback from stakeholders into design revisions and those changes will be on view.
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. 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 Ann Arbor Public Art Commission selected the Ann Arbor Bridges reconstruction project as a location for public art. A selection panel, with membership that included residents of the neighborhood, reviewed over 35 submissions to the project and selected the four finalists to create a design proposal for artwork at the site.