UPDATE: Columbia's Fifth Street to be one-way Tuesday

Monday, April 23, 2012 | 10:36 a.m. CDT; updated 8:42 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Adam Shelton of Columbia Glass and Mirror positions one of the two replacement panels of blue glass that are part of the Sky Algorithm artwork in the stairwell of the parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets on Tuesday. The two panels that originally arrived were broken. The artwork was installed in May 2011 as a part of the Percent for Art project designed by artist Stuart Keeler.

COLUMBIA — The replacement of two colored-glass panels for the Sky Algorithm artwork at the parking garage on Fifth and Walnut streets will reduce Fifth Street to one-way, southbound traffic for part of this week.

Part of Walnut Street will also be closed this week for repairs. 

Fifth Street closure

The construction at the garage will start Tuesday, weather permitting, and the roadway and sidewalk traffic will be open again Wednesday, according to a press release from the Public Works Department.

The panels are a part of the Percent for Art project by artist Stuart Keeler that was installed in May 2011. The colors of the 30 panels are based on photos of the sky from the 2010 summer solstice.

The budget for the project was $140,000, Connie Kacprowicz, interim manager for the Office of Cultural Affairs, said in a previous Missourian article.

Jill Stedem, public information specialist at the Public Works Department, said the replacement will not have any additional costs to the city because the two colored panels were not installed to begin with.

"When (the panels) arrived here, there were two that were broken, so we had to have those redone," Stedem said.

Stedem said that for the past year, two clear glass panels have held the colored ones' places in the artwork.

Walnut Street closure

The westbound side of Walnut Street will be closed between Fourth Street and Providence Road for repairs starting Tuesday. Crews started work Tuesday morning. 

The road should be fully reopened Friday, according to a release from the Public Works Department. 

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Richard Saunders April 23, 2012 | 3:17 p.m.

They borrowed and spent $140,000 on those blue panels???

Absolutely criminal.

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Andy Schuette April 24, 2012 | 9:14 a.m.

That's about what it would have cost for the glass in the first place, I reckon. It's nice to have the garage be more than just a gray/clear monolith.

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