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'Tidal Murmur' sculpture arrives at new city garage

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 5:39 p.m. CDT; updated 8:38 p.m. CDT, Thursday, October 31, 2013
Beth Nybeck's sculpture, Tidal Murmur is expected to be placed in the Short Street garage on Wednesday.

COLUMBIA —Tidal Murmur has arrived.

The sculpture by Beth Nybeck, a sculptor and artist-in-residence at Battle High School, arrived Thursday morning from Nybeck's Kansas City studio and was in the Short Street garage awaiting installation.

In her proposal for the sculpture, Nybeck cited the ripple effect and Columbia's energy as inspiration for Tidal Murmur. The sculpture is composed of several sinuous, rippling stainless steel waves. The components will be spaced in a manner that invites people to engage with the sculpture, Nybeck's proposal indicated.

She was awarded $58,000 from Columbia's Percent for Art Program to create public art for the new Short Street Garage, Sarah Dresser, program specialist in the Office of Cultural Affairs, said.

The remainder of the $83,000 in funding from the program will be held by the Office of Cultural Affairs for maintenance and future contingencies, Dresser said.

Established in 1997, the Percent for Art program dedicates 1 percent of the cost of city construction and maintenance projects to fund site-specific artwork, according to the Office of Cultural Affairs website.

The Percent for Art program has funded 15 pieces of public art since its inception, Dresser said. Those pieces, as well as Columbia's other public artwork, are listed on the city's online public art tour.

Although there are no other Percent for Art Program projects in the near future, a ceramic installation by Norleen Nosri in City Hall will be dedicated on Nov. 18, Dresser said.

East Walnut Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday between Hubble Drive and Orr Street for the installation.


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