Skydance Bridge is a 380-foot-long, 20-foot-wide pedestrian bridge that crosses over the interstate near Harvey Avenue and features a 192 foot sculpture that inspired by the state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher. The bridge will eventually connect the upper MAPS 3 downtown park and the lower park.
The bridge, which placed 10th in the judging, was lauded in the 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.
The annual review recognizes the most exemplary, innovative, permanent or temporary public art works created over the past year, according to a media release from Oklahoma City, and this year’s winners were chosen from 393 works from 147 cities across 40 states and three countries.
“By creating a sense of identity of places we inhabit, public art makes an enduring impact on our lives,” Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts, was quoted in the release as saying. “We congratulate the artists and commissioning groups of the 12th annual Public Art Year in Review and look forward for honoring more great works in the coming years.”
Previous Oklahoma City Public Art Projects recognized by the Public Art Network include the Oklahoma City National Memorial by Hans Butzer, Torre Butzer and Sven Berg in 2000 and The History of Bricktown (mosaic murals outside Bricktown Ballpark) by Susan Morrison.