How to Style the Art of the Newfern Hollow Bridge

How to Style the Art of the Newfern Hollow Bridge

Rendering via PenNDOT

TonThe latest components of the collapsed Fern Hollow Bridge are being hoisted into place – a pair of 100-tonne steel girders.

Officials say the beams are the longest ever used in the Pittsburgh area, driving more than five hours from Blair County to Frick Park, and construction of a new bridge has been ongoing since the existing structure. crash in januaryinjuring 10 people and sparking a discussion about the reliability of the city’s infrastructure.

But even with a lot of talk about these massive beams and other industrial elements — including the 770-ton cranes that help move them into place — there’s talk of aesthetics.

Along with other organizations such as the Federal Highway Administration, the Office of Public Art, Swank Architecture, and HDR Inc., city and state officials have designated artists who will “deliver public art that captures the spirit of Pittsburgh, while maintaining a strong commitment to Frick Park.” and the intimate setting of the surrounding natural area,” according to the press release.

John Peña will provide artwork to enhance the bridge user experience for pedestrians and cyclists, while Carin Mincemoyer will integrate artwork to enhance the trail user experience beneath the Fern Hollow Bridge.

The emergency declaration signed earlier this year by Governor Tom Wolf and Mayor Ed Gainey allows the city to immediately hand over the Fern Hollow Bridge Replacement Project to PennDOT for design and construction management, the city said in a statement.This means that repair work can begin immediately – which Over 14,000 travelers It’s been a detour around the site for most of the year.

But the city says that while these emergency declarations have accelerated the overall design and construction process, the accelerated timeline has not actively engaged the community. It hopes to further engage the community in the rebuilding of the bridge by gathering public input to determine what they would like to see, or their vision for art on the new bridge.

to encourage residents provide their insights On how artists can best represent communities and their relationship to bridges.

People can share memories, personal stories, or historical facts about bridges, parks, or adjacent communities with the team, and identify any community groups or members that artists should consider in Phase 1 work.

Construction of the new bridge could be completed as early as the end of this year – supply chain shortages and other potential hurdles allow.


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