Public Art Year in Review Spotlight - "From Here to There: High Trestle Trail Bridge" in Madrid, IA
Americans for the Arts' Public Art Network Year in Review program is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. Up to 50 projects are selected annually through an open-call application process and selected by two to three jurors. The projects are available on CD-Rom in our bookstore and include a PowerPoint, data and project list, and hundreds of project photos. With our 2013 Public Art Year in Review nomination process slated to open later this month, we will be spotlighting a few former winners on ARTSblog.
Today's project is From Here to There: High Trestle Trail Bridge which was honored in 2012.
"The [Madrid, IA] project serves as a model for other public art projects in many significant ways. The public art process and the resulting sculptural installation to the bridge physically and symbolically connected five distinct communities and more than 600 miles of trail. The project has become a major new destination and cultural landmark for the state. It has been recognized as a significant contribution to the economic development of the region, with visitors to the closest community increasing by 15,000 to 20,000 per month...
The site-specific project not only involved the public via on-site workshops and presentations throughout the trail communities, it galvanized support in relationship to the subject of local coal mining history and the story of Italian immigrants that worked in the mine, with generations of families that still reside throughout the area."
Check out more photos of From Here to There: High Trestle Trail Bridge below and remember to nominate a project in your area when we open up our nominations for the 2013 Year in Review!