Art installation chosen for new downtown roundabout - WKRN News 2

Art installation chosen for new downtown roundabout

Posted: Updated: Sep 23, 2013 10:08 AM CDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A new art design has been selected for the roundabout near the Music City Center.

The installation is an unusual art piece by renowned artist Christian Moeller, a German native and professor at the University of California-Los Angeles.

Moeller's design is comprised of 35 multi-colored red cedar poles that stand 85 feet tall. The hardwood and colors are inspired by Native American culture.

The sticks are to be spaced in an irregular pattern throughout the roundabout, and will be lit up by 15 LED lights, creating a distinct display of color at night.

The chosen design was one of five submitted to the Metro Arts Commission for consideration to fill the center of the roundabout located at the intersection of 8th Avenue South, Lafayette Street and Korean Veterans Boulevard.

The total cost of the project is $750,000, to be paid with a portion of the city's general obligation funds.

According to Metro Arts Commission, the project is part of a bigger effort to increase Nashville's public arts collection. The money was set aside through an ordinance in 2000.

The so-called KVB Roundabout project isn't expected to be completed for a couple years. The city must first acquire the land from the state, and it could take six to nine months for Moeller to set up his design.

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