Art Show Featuring Proposals for Bayside Trail Benches Opens Tomorrow

Tomorrow,
the Portland Public Arts Committee (PPAC) along with the City of Portland,
Portland Public Library and Portland Trails will present an exhibit of design
proposals for public seating along the new Bayside Trail.  The seventeen bench designs were created in
response to a Request for Proposals (RFP) issued last month by the city that
called upon artists to generate designs that incorporate the natural and built
landscape of the trail as well as the rich cultural attributes of the
surrounding neighborhoods. The public is encouraged to view the designs and
provide feedback to help the PPAC in their decision-making process. 

Artists were asked to include at least one of six themes outlined by the
PPAC in their design proposal. The themes varied from history of the area,
diversity of the neighborhood, immigration and human rights, the proposed Martin
Luther King, Jr. Memorial, sustainability, and connections to the sea and Back
Cove. The seating is intended to enhance the Bayside Trail experience, stimulate
creative thinking, and promote the public’s connection with the diverse
communities within the Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods. 

In addition to the seating designs, the exhibit will present two PPAC
projects involving functional art,
art that aims to enliven the public realm with artist designed streetscape
furnishings like benches, fountains, and bus shelters.   Images of the Monument Square bus shelter
“Jewell Box” by Seattle artists Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, and the design
plans by local Landscape Architect Anthony Muench for improvements to the site
of Pullen Fountain on Federal Street, a functioning horse watering trough, will
also be on display.

The
Bayside Trail connects the East Bayside and Bayside neighborhoods and is a key
link to the city’s most used trails and parks, the popular Back Cove Trail, the
Eastern Promenade and Eastern Prom Trail, East End Beach, and Deering Oaks, as
well as its urban core.  In addition to
providing a safe transportation and recreation corridor through the redeveloping
neighborhoods of Bayside, this 1.2 mile ribbon is intended to become a focal
point for cultural activities and community programs, contribute to the economic
vitality of the city, and improve the quality of life for Portland residents,
workers and visitors.
For
more information about the Bayside Trail visit
www.baysidetrail.org 

 

Following the art show,
the Portland Public Art Committee’s Commissioning Panel will review the
proposals and make a recommendation to the PPAC.   This fall, the PPAC will submit its
recommendations to the Portland City Council for final approval.   For more information about the Portland
Public Art Committee, visit
www.portlandmaine.gov/planning/pubart.asp.

When:                 
Thursday, September 23, 2010  

                                               
4:00 – 6:00 PM Opening
Reception

                                               
Show runs September 20-30, 2010

Where:
               Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library

5
Monument Square, Portland

Public invited to view and comment on designs for public seating at new
trail.

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