My pubic art concept for a vehicle barrier at the intersection of N.E. Holladay Street and N.E. 7th Avenue in downtown Portland, Oregon proposed a copper and stainless steel sculpture on a precast concrete base as an homage to 'the City of Roses.'
City street engineers decided a traffic barrier was needed at this intersection to improve pedestrian safety. As an antidote to their proposal for a Jersey barrier, my alternative demonstrated how a precast concrete barrier and public art piece could conform to all engineering constraints while resulting a public asset more in keeping with the quality and character of improvements already invested in the street.
The sculpture was never built. But as a feasible idea, it provided the street's structural engineers with the target requirements they needed to reinforce the barrier for a future work of art.