Community Engagement Meeting - Roundabouts Public Art Project

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Grace Community Center
406 W Delaware Ave
Toledo, OH 43610

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The Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places Program has partnered with Mercy Health to commission a public artwork for a roundabout in the recently reconstructed Cherry Street Corridor. A Request For Qualifications for the project was published in October of 2018 yielding 60 responses. Of these, three artists / teams were invited to Toledo to present a public art proposal for one or two of the roundabouts. A committee of local stakeholders ultimately selected the proposal by artist team RDG Dalquist Art Studios of Des Moines, Iowa for the commission.

Entitled "Vessel", this 20-foot tall sculpture will be installed on the roundabout at Cherry St. and Manhattan Blvd. The sculpture will act as a vibrant beacon and landmark as travelers navigate the corridor.

RDG Dahlquist Art Studio is the artist team of David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr. Dahlquist is an artist and teacher with over 30 years of public art integration experience and more than 70 completed projects across the country. Niebuhr is a visual artist and architect. Their collaboration has proven to be a meaningful combination of insight and artistic perspective. With an emphasis on the design and creation of large-scale installations, their work has contributed to the transformation of a variety of re-designed urban and natural environments, especially public parks, plazas, and comprehensive streetscapes.

The public is invited to hear an overview of the project, learn about the sculpture, and contribute to its design by sharing thoughts, stories, photos and ideas to celebrate the past and envision the future of the neighborhood. A tour of the urban gardens at the center will begin at 5:00 pm. The program for the sculpture installation will start at 5:30 pm.

The project is funded by Mercy Health Systems.

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