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Finalists to present proposals for Oliver Lewis Way Bridge Public Art on Feb. 11


Three finalists have been chosen for the arts project for the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge (Photo provided)

Three finalists have been chosen for the arts project for the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge (Photo provided)

 
LexArts Inc., in association with 2nd District Council Member Shevawn Akers and the LFUCG Corridors Commission, earlier this year issued a call to artists for the creation of public art that enhances the Oliver Lewis Way Bridge, located just south of the intersection of Main Street and Newtown Pike.
 
The three finalists, Blessing Hancock, Guy Kemper, and Christopher Weed, have created site-specific proposals and will present said proposals to the public at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. The presentations will be made at the MS Rezny Studio and Gallery at 903 Manchester Street in the Distillery District, a fitting location as the bridge is within eyesight and most guests will travel the Oliver Lewis Way bridge to arrive at the venue.
 
Over the past two weeks, the proposals have been on display for public discussion and voting at ArtsPlace, the Downtown Arts Center and the LFUCG Government Center. After the public presentations, a final review of the site-specific proposals, with consideration from the public’s votes, will be conducted by the selection committee and one artist or artist team will be selected to realize their proposal.
 
The budget for the project is $100,000, making this one of the largest public art projects the city of Lexington has ever commissioned. While the timeline for completion will not be known until the selection of the winning design, the intention is for Lexington’s newest public art project to be unveiled and dedicated in time for Keeneland and the city of Lexington to welcome guests to the Breeder’s Cup World Championships, one of Thoroughbred racing’s most prestigious international events.
 
From LexArts


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