River Falls Selects Artist for First Public Art Commission | Community

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River Falls artist Bonnie Rubinstein has been selected to create site-specific artwork to complement the town’s recently updated electrical substation on South Winter Street. Rubinstein’s design was chosen from five proposals received by the Selection Review Committee consisting of the mayor, community members and city staff.

The proposed site for the artwork is along South Winter Street near the disused power station. This site is visible to vehicular and bicycle traffic on South Winter as well as pedestrians walking from the downtown district and the Lake George Trail. Funding for the project comes from the City’s percentage-for-art program, “River Falls Creates,” which dedicates up to 1% of public art infrastructure costs to complete the project at this site or another .

“Art is Power” was selected for its beautiful design, use of sustainable materials and suitability for the site. As the first project in the River Falls Creates portfolio, the selection review committee was pleased with each of the submissions, Rubinstein’s metal depiction of the flowing Kinnickinnic River, and the nature-based design chosen. for this location.

“We are thrilled to see this public art installed as an additional element to bring visitors to River Falls and to utilize the extensive walking paths through downtown and around Lake George,” Mayor Toland said. “Public art adds so much to a community by fostering public interaction with public spaces.”

Rubinstein has a strong commitment to dynamic, creative and balanced design and has been a

environmental advocate for business sustainability. Her work often has themes inspired by nature or abstract thought and many pieces are inspired by water. She has created large glass murals for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and River Falls High School as well as numerous national public art projects.

The work should be installed towards the end of the year.

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