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Art Walk along University Avenue is about to get more art.

The mayor asked city council to approve a $27,000 contract with an artist to create three artistic benches. There are other contracts in the works for more benches and a bike rack. The designs were chosen by a community panel. The money comes from a federal grant.

The pieces should be installed by the fall. The street is undergoing some infrastructure work and a public plaza is being built at the Goodman and University.

Check out the selections below and learn more about the project here:

Mauro Cringoli and Peter Roetzer, Hyper Rack


John and Laurie Greco, Meeting Place


John Dodd, Deflected Reflection


John Dodd, Would You Come Join Us?


Roberley Bell, Blob Bench


Opposites Attract, Scott Grove


Boulder Sphere, Dejan Pejovic


3 Responses to Art Walk’s Latest Additions

  1. May 4, 2012 at 4:58 pm Melissa Chinnock responds:

    Some really great designs, I can’t wait to see them installed!

  2. Funky! I think ARTWalk should also have a Pepsy Kettavong piece.

  3. May 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm Douglas A. Fisher responds:

    Excellent enhancement of that neighborhood! As urbanist Richard Florida has noted, the cities that thrive best are those that the “creative class” finds appealing. This project fulfills that criterion.

    A defect in prior bench installations has been the lack of provision in the design requirements for effective drain holes for water. I learned about this the hard way one time when I sat on a nice artistic fiberglass bench not long after a rainstorm, only to realize immediately the existence of this problem!

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