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West Riverfront Park

West Riverfront Park

Artist team Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan of Seattle, WA have been commissioned for a large-scale artwork at the new West Riverfront Park, which is an 11-acre civic park on the site of the former Thermal Transfer Plant in downtown Nashville. The park will include more than a mile of multi-use greenway trails, Nashville’s first downtown dog park, ornamental gardens, a 1.5-acre event lawn called the Green and an 6,500 seat amphitheater.

The park is scheduled for completion in summer, 2015. The design of the park was inspired by the limestone bluffs and edges of the Cumberland River, along which it sits. Portions of the park are perched above the Cumberland River and provide a spectacular view of river activity and the rolling hills of the landscape beyond.

Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan’s collaboration as an artist team began in 2001 and has fostered a wide range of innovative site-specific public art commissions and plans. Their Seattle-based studio, Haddad|Drugan LLC, specializes in conceptually driven site-specific art that is often integrated into large-scale infrastructure projects. Past and current work includes art for stormwater utilities, transportation projects, museums, libraries, urban plazas and parks. Their work has received awards from various agencies including Americans for the Arts, and has been published in Sculpture, Landscape Architecture, Land Forum, Landscape Journal, and Arcade.

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