Client: City of Eau Claire
Location: Eau Claire, WI, United States
Completion date: 2021
Michael Szabo Studio
President, Eau Claire Public Arts Council
Jo Ellen Burke
Eau Claire Public Arts Council
Serving as the central public feature of the newly built Haymarket Plaza, the two sweeping loops of “Eddies” interact with each other and the viewer, evoking the swirling synergy of the Eau Claire and Chippewa rivers as they converge at the site. The studio worked closely with the city and project landscape architect to integrate the concept and aesthetic of the sculpture into the overall vision for the plaza. The resulting experience reflects the tight-knit community of Eau Claire and their love for the arts.
In the planning and design of Haymarket Plaza, the City of Eau Claire aimed to create a gathering spot for all to enjoy in the heart of downtown Eau Claire. Set at the confluence of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers, the plaza design initially included various locations for art, seating for viewing of the rivers, and linear fire walls. Eventually the design focused on a single public art element to be installed adjacent to the Confluence Arts Center and Michael's proposal was selected.