Local artists will reveal their Riverfront Fort Wayne art benches on Saturday, May 21 prior to the start of the Fort for Fitness Spring Cycle.
The City of Fort Wayne partnered with Artlink Contemporary Gallery to work with local artists in the transformation of ten former Citilink bus stop benches into attractive, functional works of public art. The benches will be displayed from 7 to 10:30 a.m. along Main Street in front of the Auer Center. Artists will be available at 9:30 a.m. to greet the public and talk about their work.
“Public art is an important part of creating an interesting and vibrant riverfront,” said Greg Leatherman, director of the City’s Community Development division. “I want to thank our local artists for their excellent work and creativity.”
"Artlink is excited and honored to partner with the City of Fort Wayne in bringing art to the downtown riverfront,” said Amber Foster, Artlink executive director. “This project has high impact on artists involved in the creation of the art benches and community members who will enjoy them for years to come. We look forward to bringing more public art to the community in the future."
The benches will be installed along the downtown Rivergreenway in June. An example of one of the completed benches is below; it was created by local artist Terry Ratliff.