Project Overview & Timeline

Art Bridges Pawtucket is a City run effort to bring public art to our water and roadways, starting with the George Street Overpass—a large-scale installation of public art on the I-95 overpass located at Exit 27 in Pawtucket.

Our goal is to treat one or both sides of the overpass so that the art is highly visible to local drivers, pedestrians and highway vehicles. The site is populated with commercial signage, including local entities like Mr. USA 1-Hour Cleaners, and national names like the Comfort Inn, Sunoco, etc. Heavy traffic exists on the highway ramps and the overpass at commuting hours. With its busy conditions, few pedestrians cross the bridge’s sidewalks. The foot-traffic that does exist is often are young people going to and from Shea High School. Visually this place can be characterized as a blank slate ripe for the addition of art.

Timeline

October 2014 • The City of Pawtucket receives NEA Our Town Grant
November 2014 • 115 artists answer national “Call for Art” for the George Street Overpass
January to April 2015 • Community Outreach
May 2015 • Three Finalist Artists Selected to visit Pawtucket
Summer 2015 • George Street Overpass Designs presented by Finalists
September 2015 • Public Comment on three Finalist Designs
Fall 2016 • Artwork installed on the George Street Overpass

 
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