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Artist for Riverfront Art Project proposes giant rings

The works are scheduled to be installed in the fall of 2016.

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Update #2 — July 27, 2016; 10:45 AM

Colorado Joshua Wiener (more info. below) was awarded $200,000 by the city for a project at the terminus of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. The bridge will provide a much needed pedestrian/bicycle access from the southbank to Brown’s island and the art work could make it even more of a destination spot.

Wiener has come back with his ideas for the art and it consists of ten, seventeen tall rings. You can check out the  full plan here. My first thought was to scoff but once I really started to look at the proposal it grew on me.

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According to RTD the  Public Art Commission’s site team for the riverfront will review the proposal at a meeting today  and it goes before the full commission next month.

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Update #1 — February 18, 2016; 10:42 AM
From Eventbrite:

Please join the Public Art Commission and artist Joshua Wiener to discuss the upcoming Riverfront Public Art Project. We will have a discussion about what ideas and themes the community would like to see in the art and then take a walk near the project site. Free Parking is available in the Suntrust Parking lot at 901 Semmes.

WHEN
Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (EST) – Add to Calendar
WHERE
SunTrust Mortgage – 901 Semmes Avenue Richmond, VA 23224


Original — February 11, 2016

The city has selected Boulder, Colorado based sculptor Joshua Wiener to bring art to the Dam Bridge, officially called the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. He has created around 30 works of art that are displayed in nine different states.

Press Release:

The City of Richmond and Public Art Commission are excited to announce the selection of Joshua Wiener as the artist for the Riverfront Art Project. Wiener was selected by the Riverfront Art Project team that is made up of key stakeholders for the riverfront and the City. Wiener is a sculptural artist who works in large form stone and metal, while integrating the natural environment into his work.

“I am pleased to see the public art aspect of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge moving forward with the artist selection and call for public input,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This new bridge and related artwork redefine our relationship with our city’s crown jewel, the James River, as we expand our visual and direct access to the Richmond riverfront.”

Joshua Wiener and the Public Art Commission are hosting a public meeting to obtain input for the integration of art with the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge project. The community is invited to attend this meeting on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Suntrust Mortgage, 901 Semmes Avenue. A tour of the project site will be included as a part of this public meeting. Free parking is available in the Suntrust parking lot at 901 Semmes Avenue. Although not required, meeting attendees may register at www.eventbrite.com/e/riverfront-public-art-community-meeting-tickets-21353793772.

A major component of the Richmond Riverfront Plan, adopted during the Jones Administration, is the completion of the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge. This new pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Falls of the James will connect the north and south banks of the James River. The public art for this project is projected to be completed and installed at the same time the bridge is completed, in the fall of 2016.

Wiener will also hire an intern from the Richmond community and bring them out to his Boulder, Colorado studio to study and work on the project. The intern will also travel to the Marble Institute of Colorado to learn how to create art in stone.

More information about this project can be found on the Public Art Commission website at www.richmondgov.com/CommissionPublicArt.

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Images: Joshua Wiener

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Alternative title: “Dumbass Stays on Floodwall too Long Gets Very Wet”. No camera gear or photographers were harmed in the taking of this photo.

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Must-See RVA! — Cokesbury Building

A look into the history of Richmond places that are still part of our landscape.

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  • 415 East Grace Street
  • Built, 1921
  • Architects, Carneal & Johnston

Once there was this trendy little bookstore in the heart of the downtown shopping district.

[ADR] — Cokesbury Building in 1981

[ADR] — Cokesbury Building in 1981

This building was built for the Methodist Publishing House and designed by Garnett & Johnston. Its design clearly is related to the Mosby Store at the corner of Jefferson and Broad Streets, by Starrett & Van Vleck.

April 2020 — showing projecting cornice

April 2020 — showing projecting cornice

That design was, in turn, related to McKim, Mead & White’s Gorham Building in New York, a modernized version of an Italianate palazzo with an arcade at the base of the building and a heavy projecting cornice at the roof.

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This design was felt to be a particularly successful blending of traditional and modern features, most appropriate for a modern shop.

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The Cokesbury Building is designed carefully and well detailed. The first floor arcade was glazed fully, but is now closed partially.

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The interior vaulted ceilings have been removed, but the building is otherwise well preserved. The reason for the popularity of this building type is seen easily. It is simple, dignified and impressive. [ADR]

(Richmond Times Dispatch) — Cokesbury Building in 1952

(Richmond Times-Dispatch) — Cokesbury Building in 1952

The Cokesbury Building, with the Cokesbury Bookstore on the first floor, was an outgrowth of the Methodist Episcopal Book Concern. Created in 1789, this organization was established to religious materials for the Methodist church. It would eventually expand to include books and religious supplies and rebranded as the Cokesbury Press in 1925. By 2012, there would be 57 Cokesbury Book Stores nationwide, one of which used to be on Grace Street.

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But in that same year, Cokesbury announced the closure of their brick-and-mortar stores, and today they’re online only. The Grace Street location had long been abandoned by that point, having relocated to Tuckernuck Square shopping center in 1992. A loss, really. They were more than just religious books and often had unusual or hard to find titles, back in the days before Amazon.

Today, it’s the Cokesbury Building Apartments.

(Cokesbury Building is part of the Atlas RVA! Project)


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  • [ADR] Architecture in Downtown Richmond. Robert Winthrop. 1982.

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Suspects Sought in Credit Card Fraud

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individuals in the attached photo, who are suspected of using a stolen credit to make fraudulent purchases last week.

On Monday, March 30, the victim was notified that their card had been used at the Farm Fresh located in the 2300 block of East Main Street. Surveillance footage shows two females buying food and cigarettes worth over $400 with the victim’s card. They were last seen leaving the store in a silver convertible with a black top. A photo of the vehicle is attached.

Detectives determined the card was also used at the McDonald’s located in the 1800 block of East Broad Street.

Anyone with information about the identity of these suspects is asked to call First Precinct Detective J. Mitchell at (804) 646-0569 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used. All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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