Public art planning artists Nina Borgia-Aberle, Stephen Grede, and Blessing Hancock have been working with the design team and the community on the Public Art Master Planning Process since November of 2009. It has been their goal to understand the roadway from a cultural, historical, environmental, and aesthetic perspective. They collaborated with the community through attending Community Design Review Committee (CDRC) meetings, Houghton Road project open house events, neighborhood association meetings and community events. Their process identified opportunities and developed guidelines for future project artists. Through a competitive selection process, project artists are chosen to create specific art in conjunction with the design and construction phases of the segments.
They developed a planning process document designed to help the community understand how they approach Public Art in Transportation; it is titled “An Introduction to Public Art in Transportation, A Non-Urban Focus”. The “Art Types Board”, which is a collection of local and national public art images that is meant to stir imagination, can also be reviewed.
The public art planning artists have attended Ward 2 and Ward 4 CDRC meetings as well as all project Open House events. The meeting notes about past art discussions can be found in the archived news and meeting notes section on the houghtonroad.info website for specific art discussions at those meetings. A tremendous amount of information was gathered from the community along with the artists’ own research. This information along with their recommendations is available as the "Houghton Road Public Art Master Plan Document".
Houghton Road: Irvington Road to Valencia Road project art concept images.