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The recently completed SkyDance Bridge over Interstate 40 in Downtown Oklahoma City was named one of the 50 best public art projects by the 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts.
Situated near Harvey Avenue, the 380-foot-long, $5.8 million bridge commissioned by the city of Oklahoma City includes a sculpture of a scissor-tailed flycatcher perched on it that rises 192 feet above the highway.
Americans for the Arts is a nonprofit organization that works toward the advancement of arts and education. Public art experts Jean Greer, principal at The Public Art Collaborative, Daniel Mihalyo, architect/artist at Lead Pencil Studio, and artist Celia Munoz curated the 2012 competition. Their selections were announced on June 7 at the Americans for the Arts Public Art Preconference in San Antonio.
“By creating a sense of identity of places we inhabit, public art makes an enduring impact on our lives,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “We congratulate the artists and commissioning groups of the 12th annual Public Art Year in Review and look forward for honoring more great works in the coming years.”
The bridge was designed by Hans Butzer, Stan Carroll, Laurent Massenat, Ken Fitzsimmons, Chris Ramseyer, David Wanzer and Jeremy Gardner.
exemplifies what public art should be for a community,” Carroll said.
“It’s a great example of pride from the design professionals to the
multidisciplinary teams, to the contractors and the public.