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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.

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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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James River Park System Update from Bryce Wilk, Superintendent

Through June 30, 2020: 1,076,873 James River Park has had visitors. The same date in 2019: 975,433 visitors. The current staff devoted to James River Park is 5.

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The James River Park is getting heavy use but that’s not all that’s going on in the park. Here’s what Bryce Wilk, Superintendent has to say.

  • The JRPS is seeing visitors at a higher rate than any other year ever! Through June 30, 2020: 1,076,873 visitors. Same date in 2019: 975,433 visitors. This despite all the restrictions in place during the stay at home orders due to Covid 19 this past spring and early summer. Close to a quarter million visitors in the month of June alone.
  • JRPS staff and local paddling groups installed new Dam Hazard Signs and Buoys between Huguenot Flatwater and Z-Dam to better warn people of the dangers of Z-Dam and the river.
  • JRPS hired parking attendants to ticket all illegally parked vehicles at Pony Pasture Rapids Park on weekends and holidays.
  • During the closure of public facilities, JRPS took the opportunity to upgrade the bathroom at Pony Pasture with new flooring and paint.
  • JRPS added parking lines in the parking lot to help guide and organize vehicle parking.
  • Currently we only have 5 full time staff members dedicated solely to the James River Park System, James River Park System relies on volunteers to keep this park beautiful.
  • JRPS is providing volunteer opportunities for river clean ups at Pony Pasture specifically through https://www.handsonrva.org/.
  • If people are interested in volunteering on their own or have any questions, Volunteer Coordinator, Matthew Mason can provide resources and equipment. His email is [email protected]
  • Please visit https://jamesriverpark.org/ and http://www.richmondgov.com/parks/ for the latest updates and safety information about the James River Park System and Richmond’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities.

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Mayor Stoney names members of “Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety”

“There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this group’s diversity of expertise and lived experiences is a key asset on our path forward,” said the mayor. “I am thrilled to have this team help our city heal.”

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Today Mayor Levar Stoney announced the members of the Task Force to Reimagine Public Safety and outlined his primary requests of the diverse group of professionals. The majority of task force members stood with the mayor for the announcement.

“There is a lot of work ahead of us, but this group’s diversity of expertise and lived experiences is a key asset on our path forward,” said the mayor. “I am thrilled to have this team help our city heal.”

The members of the task force bring an array of perspectives from activist, legal, academic, law enforcement, emergency services, artistic, healthcare, and other fields. At the close of a 45-day period, the task force will bring the mayor a set of actionable steps forward to build a safer city for all.

“After additional conversations and review of actions taken in other cities, I do not believe we can wait to begin acting on reform recommendations,” said Mayor Stoney. “I have asked this task force to report back with initial recommendations within 45 days of their first meeting.”

The mayor established three foundational requests of the task force: reviewing the police department’s use of force policies, exploring an approach to public safety that uses a human services lens, and prioritizing community healing and engagement.

“We need a new process for noncriminal and nonviolent calls for service, and that will be a top priority for this task force,” noted the mayor. “We must center compassion instead of consequences.”

Regarding community healing and engagement, the mayor said that the task force will allow the city to explore methods of engagement that will enable meaningful change, using his support for the Virginia Black Legislative Caucus’ legislative package as an example.

“Last month I expressed my support for the VBLC’s package for the summer session,” said Mayor Stoney. “This task force can determine where the city can explore complementary legislation and where we need to focus community advocacy to make statewide change a reality.”

Members of the Task Force

Carol Adams, Richmond Police Department
Ram Bhagat,
 Manager of School Culture and Climate Strategy for RPS

Glenwood Burley, retired RPD officer

Keisha Cummings, community engagement specialist, founder of 2LOVE LLC, member of the Richmond Transparency and Accountability Project and the Richmond Peace Team

Torey Edmonds, Community Outreach Coordinator at VCU Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development

Professor Daryl Fraser, VCU School of Social Work professor and licensed clinical social worker

Triston Harris, Black Lives Matters organizer and organizer of the 5,000 Man March Against Racism

Birdie Hairston Jamison, former district court judge for the 13th Judicial District in Virginia

Councilman Mike Jones

Shanel Lewis, Youth Violence Prevention Specialist at the Richmond City Health District

Brandon Lovee, Richmond artist and advocate, member of the Richmond Peace Team

Colette McEachin, Richmond Commonwealth Attorney

Reverend Dontae McCutchen, Love Cathedral Community Church

Dr. Lisa Moon, Associate Provost at VCU and former Director of the Center for the Study of the Urban Child

Sergeant Brad Nixon, RPD

Tracy Paner, Public Defender for the City of Richmond

Bill Pantele, Richmond attorney and former City Council Member

Professor William Pelfrey, VCU professor with expertise in emergency preparedness and policing

Councilwoman Ellen Robertson

Rodney Robinson, National Teacher of the Year and teacher at the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center

Patrice Shelton, Community Health Worker in Hillside Court and director of the Hillside Court Partnership

Lashawnda Singleton, President of the Richmond Association of Black Social Workers

Sheba Williams, Executive Director of NoLef Turns

Courtney Winston, Richmond trial attorney

The Mayor’s Office is specifically working with the Office of Community Wealth Building’s Community Ambassadors to identify additional community members, including youth, to be part of the task force’s important work and to assist with community engagement.

The task force is committed to a transparent process and will make meeting minutes available to the public.

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Richmond Then and Now: 114 E. Broad Street

A then and now snapshot of Richmond.

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Original Image from Souvenir views: Negro enterprises & residences, Richmond, Va.
Created / Published[Richmond, D. A. Ferguson, 1907]

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