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NEA Art & Rising Tides Project design approved

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The National Endowment for the Arts Art and Rising Tides Project Planning Committee and the City of Norfolk’s Public Art Commission recently approved Matthew Geller’s design for a public art project for the Cofer Site in the NEON District at 138 W. Olney Road.  Norfolk was one of 69 out of 275 applicants to receive granting in 2015.  A total of $75,000 was received and matched with funding from the Norfolk Public Art program to complete the project. “The Art and Rising Tide…s Grant is given to create environmental art and raise awareness about sea level rise. It is intended to enliven the Downtown Arts and Design District and surrounding areas in Norfolk, the U.S. city most at risk after New Orleans from rising tides and flooding challenges.”

The project will include a 16’ round galvanized steel canopy with skylights to represent the moon.  It will rest upon a teeter-totter like A-frame structure with two swings below.  Rocking will allow participants to interact and tip collected rainwater through spouts into a nearby rain garden.  Public Works and the City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Open Space (RPOS) are desiging the rain garden.

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Tentative Installation date: October 20th @5:30pm during Norfolk Visual Arts Week