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In a great example of art as infrastructure, local artist Judd Graham was commissioned to create Spin and Array for the 2nd Street Bridge and Extension project in the nearly completed Seaholm EcoDistrict. The sculpture is located on the north side of Austin's new Central Library.
Oftentimes vertical elements, such as bollards, are placed to help define the road from the pedestrian space. Graham's Array is comprised of hand-forged art bollard sleeves which have been placed over nine of the bollards placed along the street between Shoal Creek and the redeveloped Seaholm Power Plant.
Creating a moment of play along 2nd Street, Spin is a seven-foot-tall sculpture that invites interaction by viewers of all ages. The heavily textured surface was hand forged by the artist. The inspiration for the sculpture came through discussions between the artist, the project design team and City staff who were looking to create a vibrant experience for visitors and residents in the EcoDistrict.
Judd Graham in an Austin based artist that has become an innovator in modern blacksmithing. He has expertise in a wide range of materials including ferrous / non-ferrous metals, acrylic, wood, glass, concrete and stone. He hand-forged the densely textured steel sleeves to turn ordinary bollards into a work of art.
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