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KVB Roundabout Project

Artist Christian Moeller has been selected for the public art project at the Korean Veterans Boulevard Roundabout, adjacent to the Music City Center convention facility. His proposed work is a composition of native hardwood and natural colors – red orange, light blue, dark blue, light green and egg white, a homage to the Native Americans who first populated Middle Tennessee – with approximately 27 painted red cedar poles standing 70-feet tall. They will be spaced in an irregular organic pattern throughout the surface area of the roundabout. Moeller’s proposal calls for the verticality of the poles to vary between zero- to 15-degrees from the center axis. Each pole tip will be covered with a cap made of photo-luminescent pigment enhanced urethane resin to emit a light glow at night.

Moeller states, “During this process, I revisited Native American arts and was reminded of the striking distribution of color applied to natural surfaces, very often wood, in these native works. Instead of developing an artwork for the roundabout, my goal became to turn the entire roundabout into an artwork.”

Moeller’s work may be found around the globe, in such locations as the Changi Airport in Singapore, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum in London, Frederieke Taylor Gallery in New York City, the Phaeo Museum in Wolfsburg, Germany, SEATAC Airport in Seattle, Centro Cultural Candido Mendes in Rio de Janeiro and Santa Monica, Calif., among others. His 2012 sculpture, “Verdi,” located in Bothell, Wash., received a 2012 Year in Review award from the Public Art Network of the Americans for the Arts.

Moeller, a native of Frankfurt, Germany, was a professor at the State College of Design in Karlsruhe, Germany until moving to the United States in 2001. Currently he is a professor in the Department of Design/Media Arts at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and operates his studio in Silver Lake, Calif.

Metro Arts anticipates this artwork will be installed in late 2015.