Eddies

Submitted by Michael Szabo

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Client: City of Eau Claire

Location: Eau Claire, WI, United States

Completion date: 2021

Project Team

Michael Szabo

Michael Szabo Studio

President, Eau Claire Public Arts Council

Jo Ellen Burke

Eau Claire Public Arts Council

Overview

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.

Goals

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.