Traffic Circle - CODAworx

Traffic Circle

Submitted by Kurt Steger

Client: City of Grass Valley CA.

Location: Grass Valley, CA, United States

Completion date: 2014

Artwork budget: $60,000

Project Team


Kurt Steger


Justin Coyle


A monumental sculpture, “The Elders” is a traffic circle that creates a cross within a circle made of concrete, steel, wood timbers and cast iron, salvaged gears and pulleys. The design concept was based on the architectural elements used during the California Gold Rush. 34 x 34 x 8.5 feet.


"The Elders" was created and placed within the center of a traffic circle as a welcoming artwork to those entering the downtown area. There are four steel hanging gate forms that represent the indigenous people, as well as the first settlers of this gold country.


I worked with the local Indian tribes in the design of the logo and also in representing their story. I cast the concrete utilizing the same sand in which the cast iron gears were cast 100 years earlier. I worked with the city of Grass Valley, the historical society, and the department of transportation in sizing the work for proper visibility and for an installation with minimum traffic disruption.