I think this is hideous: metal sculpture on the New York Avenue bridge
I already wrote about this, but a celebratory press release on the finishing of the New York Avenue bridge reconstruction project in DC reminds me that this sculpture isn't very impressive and that we need a public art element within the master transportation plan.
Gateway Wings, New York Avenue Bridge Gateway, designed by Kent Bloomer Studio.
From the press release:
Obviously others didn't agree with my assessment, because I expect that the Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission, both federal bodies, weighed in, in addition to the DC government agencies.As part of the project, DDOT partnered with the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) to commission a new public-art installation titled Gateway Wings, New York Avenue Bridge Gateway, designed by Kent Bloomer Studio. The installation is the District’s largest public-art commission to date. Two visually stunning, 50-foot assemblages and a programmable lighting component were commissioned by DCCAH through a competition to produce a signature project that would highlight the bridge, a popular entry point to the District from the northeast along U.S. Highway 50. The artwork serves as a striking invitation to the District and signals a passage into the Nation’s Capital and the NoMa Business Improvement District.
image of the two lion statues at one end of the Connecticut Avenue bridge in Washington DC by Oren Photography.
Maybe I'm just old fashioned. While I recognize the socialization elements of the City Beautiful Movement for what they were, there's something to be said about statuary and sculpture.
-- Washington Sculpture: A Cultural History of Outdoor Sculpture in the Nation's Capital, by James Goode