The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation (GDMPAF) has invited artists, artisans and/or designers throughout the United States to develop creative proposals for the functional integration of artwork into the 6TH AVENUE BRIDGE.
GDMPAF is partnering with the City of Des Moines and 6th Avenue Corridor on this public art project.
The 6TH AVENUE BRIDGE, built in 1966, is scheduled for rehabilitation beginning the summer of 2012. It embodies the commitment to pedestrian traffic and exhibits concern for the environment through its efficient design. This public art project has much potential to enrich both the driving experience and walking experience, as well as mark the corridor for the public and larger metropolitan community. An inventive, pedestrian-scale design could incorporate creative elements into the bridge facility.
The GDMPAF has earmarked $250,000 for a proposed artwork or work of design. The GDMPAF also sent out a RFP nationwide and is managing the selection process. A March 26 news article reported on the community’s mission to restore bridge’s past glory.
The 6TH AVENUE BRIDGE, includes two approaches, over the Des Moines River and connects the City’s Birdland Park and North High School to historic urban neighborhoods.
In April 2010, the GDMPAF provided $20,000 for the early integration of artistic ideas into the planning process for the streetscape improvements for 6th Avenue in Des Moines. Artist Chaden Halfhill was asked to consider the broader role that art could play throughout this revitalized transportation corridor.