Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2013

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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28th/31st (Continued from page 70) Design features include use of a historic parapet wall on both sides of the connector to represent the columns from adjacent civic institutions. A required 8-ft. railroad protection fencing was designed using stainless steel mesh panels that double as a canvas for the major integrated public art piece. Above & Right The roadway design narrowed the street to 11-foot lanes from the standard 12-ft. width, affording a median for much of the route, thereby reducing the amount of impervious surface. The bioretention medians include plantings of Juncus (soft rushes), irises, Hypericum, China holly, dwarf inkberry, dwarf Virginia sweetspire, blackeyed Susans, Gray's sedge and red switchgrass. The turf bordering the route is hybrid fescue. 72 Landscape Architect and Specifier News While this was not the first time Nashville Metro Public Works incorporated art into a public works project, this was the first use of "Percent for Art" dollars. The Metro Arts Commission provided over $500,000 toward the work. The theme of the bridge centers on connectivity. Using sewing, thread and weaving together as metaphors, David Dahlquist's art speaks to the underlying purpose of the bridge and the project as a whole. Threads are woven through the stainless steel panels and join the community design quilt panels embedded within (Continued on page 74)

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