Art Walk Extension Project Named State Transportation Project of the Year
As you walk along University Avenue, the center of the beautiful Neighborhood of the Arts, it becomes obvious how this neighborhood got its name. Lamp posts covered in mosaic tiles, sculptures playfully positioned outside businesses, and decorative benches have been prominent in the original Art Walk design. The City of Rochester recently completed its extension of this original venture with the aptly titled Art Walk Extension Project.
The Art Walk Extension Project was awarded, Transportation Project of the Year, by the NYS Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA).
The APWA Project of the Year Award series was established to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects.
Art Walk Extension includes a new streetscape designed specifically to encourage pedestrian activity, combined with the works of more than 40 artists, totaling more than $350,000 in public art installations.
Artwalk, an outdoor museum, has been supplemented by the Art Walk Extension Project which has provided the neighborhood with colorful benches, a large sculpture garden set on the grounds of the Memorial Art Gallery, a whimsical winding story walk filled with poems, and concentric circular rings of the sculpture entitled Traveling Through Stillness, Living Lenses which adorns the Rochester Museum and Science Center’s campus. These are only a few of the works that have been added to the Art Walk collection. A comprehensive map of the public art that comprises Art Walk is available online at: http://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589938372