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Bloomington selects Berlin-based artist to create public art for Trades District


Conceptual design of the newly-commissioned artwork in the new Trades District. Courtesy Photo

Bloomington's Arts Commission selected Stefan Reiss from a group of five finalists to create site-specific artwork for the new Trades District downtown according to a city press release. The district was launched last month.

Reiss' proposed design is titled "O.T. 987" and was selected by a committee of community members and the Arts Commission.

The art will be created using square plexiglass tubes forming triangles at varying heights. It will also include LEDs that can be programmed to different sequences based on the time of day.

The selection committee received over 70 applications from Indiana and as far away as Australia.

Reiss' works have been featured in China, Germany, U.K., Netherlands and Italy.

“This sculpture is a significant addition that diversifies Bloomington’s public art collection,” Nick Blandford, Chair of the BAC’s Public Art Planning Committee said in the release.  “Stefan’s work embodies themes rooted in the Trades District — echoing history, with an eye towards Bloomington’s future and our participation in the global community.”

The piece is expected to be finished in 12 to 18 months.

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