Schantz Avenue Bridge
The City of Kettering CitySites Public Art Program is proud to announce the selection of Vicki Scuri SiteWorks (Lake Forest Park, WA) for the design of a permanent artwork on the Schantz Avenue Bridge, which is scheduled for replacement in 2019. Scuri’s extensive public art experience, community engagement practices and innovative methods of art integration into public infrastructure projects contributed to her winning proposal.
Through an extensive review process, Kettering’s Art in Public Places Committee and a panel of residents and community stakeholders reviewed 94 artist submissions from around the world. Four semi-finalists were selected through various criteria including artistic excellence and the potential to create a signature piece for Kettering. In addition to Scuri, the artists invited to submit proposals included Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee of RE:site (Houston, TX), Barbara Grygutis (Tucson, AZ), and Joe O’Connell of Creative Machines (Tucson, AZ). Over the course of several months, the semi-finalists visited the bridge, met with City of Kettering staff, and interviewed residents to develop ideas for aesthetic enhancements to the site.
Scuri’s proposal was inspired by the people of Kettering and their resourceful, inventive spirit; Kettering’s parks; the historic trolley lines that ran along the site on Dixie Highway; and feedback from residents and community stakeholders. Of her design, Scuri wrote: “The artwork should promote a more livable environment and celebrate Kettering and its residents.” Scuri’s proposal includes pattern designs derived from the stained-glass of the trolley cars that ran along Dixie, and past and present stories, events and inventions discovered during her research and interviews. The proposal also addresses the required addition of a security fence on the bridge, which Scuri designed as a marker, or gateway, into Kettering to be experienced both entering and leaving the city.
The artwork design will be finalized during the spring of 2018, with artwork fabrication taking place later in 2018 and the installation occurring in conjunction with the bridge replacement, currently scheduled for 2019. (All times are subject to change)