Gateway

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Client: Iowa West Foundation

Location: Council Bluffs, IA, United States

Completion date: 2012

Artwork budget: $1,035,000

Project Team

Artist

Oahn Tran, Renderings

Ed Carpenter Studio

Other

Arleen Daugherty, Project Admin.

Ed Carpenter Studio

Other

Grant Davis, Engineer

Other

KPFF Engineers

KPFF Engineers

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Puritan Manufacturing, Omaha, NE

Puritan Manufacturing, Omaha, NE

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Glass Strategies, Portland, OR

Glass Strategies, Portland, OR

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Davis Erection, Omaha, NE

Davis Erection, Omaha, NE

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Doug Lamson, Lighting Consultant

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Steve Hefferan, Lighting Consultant

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Greg Peterson, Project Management

Overview

Carpenter assisted with the overall aesthetics of the new bridge as well as conceiving his gateway at its center. The half-mile-long viaduct is enhanced by the incorporation of 111 ascending, tilted, and brightly painted light poles at 40’ intervals on either side. The gateway itself frames dramatic views to the east and west, and may suggest a sunrise or the interweaving of disparate parts of the community. 76′ x 99′ x 34′, Steel, aluminum, laminated dichroic glass, stainless steel cables and hardware, LED lighting.

Process

In 2004, the Iowa West Foundation funded a community based public art master planning process designating more than 50 sites for potential placement of public art in the city of Council Bluffs. Broadway Viaduct was high on the list because of its location at the center of the most prominent artery in the city, and because it would soon be rebuilt. Ed Carpenter was selected by Iowa West’s public art selection committee and worked for four years with a large design team on the installation shown here. Carpenter assisted with the overall aesthetics of the new bridge as well as conceiving his gateway at its center. The experience of passing over the half-mile-long viaduct is enhanced by the incorporation of 111 ascending, tilted, and brightly painted light poles at 40’ intervals on either side.

Additional Information

The gateway itself frames dramatic views to the east and west, and may suggest a sunrise or the interweaving of disparate parts of the community. Fifty tons of steel were incorporated in the structure spanning the four lanes of US Highway 6 as it passes through the heart of Council Bluffs.