Now More Art For Sturges
Andy has given us an update of the final art – more ribbons on the east side of the bridge and the kids drawings.
It feels like the longest road building exercise ever.
Finally traffic is flowing as it should on Sturges Rd Henderson with the replacement rail bridge and a balustrade erected as a safety requirement for electrification.
With infrastructure projects in the former Waitakere council area comes art.
It was one of the nicest approaches the former Bob Harvey-led council did – trying to deaden the cold look of transport infrastructure. The council held the vision and intent to integrate art into infrastructure projects to create a sense of place, to become landmarks and create a sense of identity.
It’s policy was official defined as saying: Culture is reflected and appreciated in the everyday life of the community and the City is itself a work of art. Council participates in creative pursuits and has a deep and wide perception of arts and cultures in the City, which leads to a sense of place and identity and an arts rich urban, public space.
Way back in 2007, local artist Anthony Sumich was judged as presenting the most compelling idea for art on the bridge. He had approached local schools and worked with students to produce drawings based around the idea of “happy” to feature on the glass balustrade on both sides of the bridge.
The simple drawings the children produced were laser cut into the steel elements that make up the canopy’s of the artwork. The council budgeted $6,586,000 for the Sturges Road overbridge replacement from which $300,000 was set aside for completing the arts integration.
Anthony Sumich’s concept for the bridge saw five ribbons enveloping the structure – the artist’s interpretation of the Waitakere Ranges which are clearly visible to the south and west of the bridge.
Thanks Andy for your photos.