Design chosen for Ann Arbor art project

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A Massachusetts artist has been chosen to create a $360,000 public art project at the new Stadium bridges in Ann Arbor.

City officials said Catherine Widgery’s proposal called “Arbor Winds” was chosen as a result of community feedback gathered by the Public Art Commission and by a selection panel.

Widgery’s art will incorporate images of Ann Arbor trees etched onto stone and glass. The stone etchings will be placed on the bridge underpass. The glass etchings will be part of a sculptural wind screen, or other elements applied at the site, according to AnnArbor.com ( http://bit.ly/1c6BEwY ).

The commission and selection panel will work with Widgery to refine the proposal before a design is offered for final approval by the Public Art Commission and the City Council, said Aaron Seagraves, the city’s public art administrator.

Widgery’s proposal has each tree panel lit at night by LED fixtures. She also proposed a series of eight banners consisting of 6-inch squares of etched acrylic in aluminum frames.

Funding will come from the city’s pooled public art fund.

Widgery has done more than 30 works in public spaces, most recently in Toronto and Denver, city officials said. She has been recognized several times for her public artwork by Americans for the Arts.

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Information from: AnnArbor.com, http://www.annarbor.com

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