Thursday, June 18, 2009

Pedestrian Bridge Project

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 11:00 AM

In connection with the University of Memphis' new law school on Front Street — scheduled to open this fall — the Riverfront Development Corporation is building a pedestrian bridge across Court Avenue.

The bridge will connect the former Customs House turned law school with Confederate Park.

As part of the city's percent-for-art program, which funds public art with capital improvement monies, the UrbanArt Commission is seeking an artist to create a lighting design for the bridge.

"With the bridge running parallel to Riverside Drive and Front Street, this lighting project will allow for the structure to become a Memphis landmark, reflecting across the Mississippi River and enhancing the Memphis skyline," reads a release from UrbanArt. "Artists will be selected for the project based on previous experience with lighting projects."

The selection committee is also interested in finding an artist who has experience with "green" lighting projects, as those have lower energy costs and a longer lifespan.

More information can be found at UrbanArt's website. Proposals are due 4 p.m. Friday, June 26th.

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