Written on April 19, 2017
The Grand Forks Public Arts Commission (PAC) has selected Gordon Huether as one of two finalists to present a conceptual artwork design for a permanent art feature on a main transportation corridor in Grand Forks.
The art will serve as a focal point when entering the City from Interstate 29 and as a statement piece for the transportation corridor. This significant art feature will be highly visible to passing motorists, with limited access by pedestrians. The art feature must complement the natural environment and surrounding landscape in scale.
After a public meeting at the North Dakota Art Museum on April 3rd, where Huether introduced himself and past relevant work, the artist is now working on a proposal for said project. The wide-open spaces and unobstructed sight lines at the corner of DeMers Avenue and 42nd Street in Grand Forks provide an exciting and unique opportunity for the installation of public art.
For this site Gordon is creating a proposal for a large-scale, site-specific artwork that responds to the natural landscape and exceptional qualities of Grand Forks. The goal is to create artwork that is highly visible and for the work to become an iconic gateway for the city that will engage the community, provide visual excitement and be forever identified with the people, culture and community of Grand Forks.