As the City of Altoona embarks on a series of major infrastructure improvements, they also are integrating site specific public art into the construction process. During the project for the 1st Avenue North Roundabout creation, Artist Aaron T Stephan is installing his work of art, “Woven Lines.”
Woven Lines will provide an important focal point for the new 1st Avenue roundabout. 1st Avenue is one of Altoona’s main entry points, serving as a city gateway. The 12-foot high, 65-foot diameter sculpture will define and anchor the 1st Avenue Corridor while complimenting the surrounding landscape.
Mayor Dean O’Connor states, “We are excited to continue developing our community arts and cultural initiatives to be an impactful experience for residents and visitors. Woven Lines is a tremendous addition to Altoona.”
Woven Lines is constructed using the universal ribbed guardrail seen on public roadways across America. This simple component flows into the striking form of a massive overhand knot — a symbol of the town’s continued dedication to community. The sculpture will be equally appealing after dark, with dramatic lighting highlighting the piece’s contours and curves.
Woven Lines, created by Portland, Maine, artist Aaron T Stephan, will mark your arrival and departure from Altoona and will gradually become a defining icon for the community. Stephan states, “It has been such a joy to delve into this project and discover more about this vibrant and dynamic community. Hopefully the piece will spark dialogue for years to come.”
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony took place on Monday, July 25 at noon during the construction phase of Woven Lines. Funding for this project was provided by a BRAVO grant and the City of Altoona through coordination with the Altoona Arts and Culture Committee, newly recognized as a Commission. Click here to learn more.