Art for the Newport Hills Town Center brings inspirations of nature into the revitalized urban context. The project includes Rain Catcher and art enhancements for two Metro shelters, including integrated Rain Catchers and Forged Frond art elements, stone mosaic and stone seating areas. Rain Catcher provides public engagement with the context of Urban Water, while enhancements to the transit shelters contribute to neighborhood identity and establishing the sense of arrival. Stone gathering areas serve to expand public use of the site and relate to the pedestrian corridor for two public schools through the integration of Stone Mosaic into landscape improvements.
The City of Bellevue Public Art Program and Urban Boulevards selected Bruce Myers to revitalize the Newport Way streetscape by instilling a renewed sense of neighborhood identity for the town center. Art elements inspired by the local landscape have transformed the experience of arrival, enliven the public spaces and expand the use of the Metro hub stations. Water, Nature, Ecology of Place and community identity are the central drivers of design for the project. The city, in conjunction with the art installation, replaced and expanded plantings along Newport Way with native plants to create a pallet that is distinctly Northwest. The art for the project creates strong connections to nature, develops the sense of place, engages the public with the context of Urban Water and its stewardship and contributes to the overall intent of the City for integrating art and an art plan that both enhances livability and inspires public participation as a primary design objective. The city council heralded Rain Catchers as an ideal example of art and an art plan that contributes to both their vision of livability and for integrating public art into the city.
Myers worked closely with the City, the Bellevue Public Art Program, Parks and Urban Boulevards, to present to the community concepts for improvements to Newport Way. The local landscape, water, and environmental stewardship became the primary focal points for creating neighborhood identity and for designing art that now revitalizes the town center. As the lead for the project, Myers developed the art elements and art plan in conjunction with neighborhood outreach directed by the City. Myers worked independently with King County Metro to integrate art elements for the Metro shelters and to coordinate the addition of structural integration and installation by Metro. Myers' work included extensive research into the functions of the site, incorporating community involvement throughout the creative process, design development, fabrication and installation of the project. Final construction documents developed by the city have created a unified plan that brings improvements to over 3000 square feet of streetscape along Newport Way.
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