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The empty corner of Washington Street and Northland Avenue in downtown Green Bay will soon be filled with a kinetic, illuminated work of art, thanks to a sculpture sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation.
Work has begun on the creation of “Embark”, a 23-foot-tall sculpture designed by Green Bay artist Kent Hutchison. Inspired by the Fox River and by the longstanding commitment of WPS to Green Bay, the sculpture features five aluminum panels that will rotate independently from each other as the wind contacts them.
“A project like this not only beautifies our community, it creates a sense of place,” said Green Bay Public Arts Coordinator Laura Schley. “Public art has the power to improve our quality of life, attract and retain talented residents, draw visitors to our community and enhance our economy. We’re thrilled to add ‘Embark’ as another focal point of downtown Green Bay.”
“Green Bay is at the core of our heritage, so we are incredibly proud to help enrich its character through our donation to the Green Bay Public Arts Commission,” said Kevin Fletcher, president of the WPS Foundation. “Art is a unique symbol of a community and its residents. We’re excited that Embark will showcase the spirit and energy of Green Bay for many years to come.”
“Embark,” which includes projection and recessed lighting to allow it to be visible in the evening, is expected to be completed early next month. A ceremony to officially unveil the sculpture will be announced in the coming weeks.
“The mission of the Green Bay Public Arts Commission is to create and preserve public art in Green Bay, and provide equal opportunities for all to engage with it,” Schley said. “The more art that we can create in the city, the more people will experience and interact with it as well. Through public art, we also can open up conversations and initiate collaboration between different communities.”
Hutchison was selected by the Green Bay Public Arts Commission last January to create the sculpture. His other works throughout the city include “The Twig” at East Mason Street and Heyrman Street; “Lifelong,” located inside Webster Elementary School; and “Blossom,” located inside the Aurora Baycare Medical Center.