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OKC’s SkyDance bridge is honored as one of the world’s best public art projects.

Clifton Adcock June 19th, 2012

Oklahoma City’s SkyDance Bridge, a public artwork and pedestrian bridge crossing over the realigned Interstate 40 crosstown, has been named one of the 50 best public art projects in the world.

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SkyDance Bridge is a 380-foot-long, 20-foot-wide pedestrian bridge that crosses over the interstate near Harvey Avenue and features a 192-foot sculpture inspired by the state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher. The bridge will eventually connect the upper MAPS 3 downtown park and the lower park.

The bridge, which placed 10th in the judging, was lauded in the 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

The annual review recognizes the most exemplary, innovative, permanent or temporary public art works created over the past year, according to a news release from Oklahoma City. This year’s winners were chosen from 393 works in 147 cities across 40 states and three countries.

“By creating a sense of identity of places we inhabit, public art makes an enduring impact on our lives,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “We congratulate the artists and commissioning groups of the 12th annual Public Art Year in Review and look forward for honoring more great works in the coming years.”

Previous Oklahoma City public art projects recognized by the Public Art Network include the Oklahoma City National Memorial by Hans Butzer, Torre Butzer and Sven Berg in 2000, and Susan Morrison’s The History of Bricktown mosaic murals outside Bricktown Ballpark.
 
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