City

Submitted by George Morrison

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Client: City of Fort Wayne

Location: Fort Wayne, IN, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $125,000

Project Team

Public Art Agent

City of Fort Wayne

Artist

George Morrison

George Morrison Art & Design

Overview

It’s intriguing to consider how cities grow and how our interactions with a city can feel very ordered and logical, especially in it’s street grid, yet sometimes very random in the sizes, shapes, colors and locations of individual buildings.
When we interact with an environment that seems random, our natural inclination is to seek order and patterns.
“City” expresses this interaction in a minimalist and whimsical way.
The colors, diameters, heights and locations of the individual poles appear random at first but, when circling the roundabout, overlapping patterns of those elements are discovered. “City” is 60' in diameter and 30' tall.

Goals

This sculpture commemorates the exciting recent, current and future growth of the downtown area. It is, in a sense, "reverse kinetic" in that it requires the viewer to provide the motion, by circling the roundabout, in order to appreciate the overlapping patterns.

Process

Collaborators included the project's Landscape Architect as well as the city street and engineering departments.