In Bristol, things are looking good on Wood (Street)

Courtesy of a state grant and artists from the Steel Yard, Wood Street gets a little polish

By Christy Nadalin
Posted 10/5/18

Wood Street in Bristol is getting some new art, both decorative and functional, courtesy of a state matching grant and the talented artists at Providence’s Steel Yard.

Lamp post medallions, …

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In Bristol, things are looking good on Wood (Street)

Courtesy of a state grant and artists from the Steel Yard, Wood Street gets a little polish

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Wood Street in Bristol is getting some new art, both decorative and functional, courtesy of a state matching grant and the talented artists at Providence’s Steel Yard.

Lamp post medallions, bike racks and combination trash/recycling bins have all been fabricated and are being installed in locations along Wood Street between Franklin and State streets. More bins will be installed further south at a later date.

In all, 17 medallions, six bike racks, and eight bins, each featuring a different design evocative of the existing streetscape on Wood Street, have been custom made.

“All of this is being funded by an 80/20 matching grant from the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, with the town and Mosaico proving the match,” said Ed Tanner, town planner.

Officially called the 2017 Streetscape Improvement Grant, it’s helping communities around the state improve their curb appeal.

According to Mosaico Director Diana Campbell, Mosaico’s share of the match was raised through their events, including their first, very successful “Stuffies and Stella” fundraiser on the Common this summer, as well as the annual Wood Street Fair, which will be held this Sunday, Oct. 7, beginning at noon.

Artists from the Steel Yard, under the direction of Tim Ferland, their public projects director, came up with the designs. They walked the street and came up with designs that mirrored what you see on Wood Street. One bike rack, for example, is designed to evoke the smokestack at the center of the Bristol Industrial Park.

Mr. Ferland, who participated in the Steel Yard’s first weld-to-work program 12 years ago, assembled a team of three lead artists and six assisting artists for the job.

In between working on projects large (a massive steel star destined for Texas) and small (new planters for loafer’s corner), the Steel Yard artists will be volunteering their time to put on a blacksmithing demonstration this Saturday at the State Street Fair, which will be held from 10.a.m. to 5 p.m. on State Street between Hope and Thames streets.

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