“Beauty & the Bridge” Public Dedication Event Held on Sunday, October 7, 2012
The City of Wilsonville and the West Linn-Wilsonville School District sponsored a public dedication event to commemorate completion of the “Beauty & the Bridge” student art project that was a component of the larger I-5/Wilsonville Road interchange improvement.
Sponsored by Fred Meyer stores, the event featured enlarged photos of various project murals and a number of community leaders, school district officials, project managers, art instructors and students speaking at the nearby Old Town Square plaza area. Staff from Fred Meyer served-up 500 cupcakes to attendees, and nearby merchants Qdoba and Subway each donated 20% of non-discounted sales that day to Music and Arts Partners (MAP), the primary arts-support group for local public schools.
Current photos showing progress made to date on the interchange project:
|Original Artist's Rendering||Current Wall|
The project will involve over a thousand of Wilsonville’s elementary, middle, and high school students in the creation of public tiled art. To ensure that the project reflects student voices, a Student Art Council (SAC) formed early in the project. The SAC serves as a liaison between the project, project stakeholders, and the media. It represents just one layer of a remarkable process that brings together city staff, council, schools, and the community in combining public art with a major infrastructure construction project.