Roundabouts became popular in the US in the 1990's and the movement has grown ever since. Many communities have added public art in roundabouts as a way to provide beauty and interest to an engineering project and to provide more public access to art. Well placed art can also provide an element of safety to motorists as the eye will "catch" an art piece from a distance thereby serving as an early warning system that something different is up ahead.
The City of Bend, Oregon is a great example of how a community has embraced roundabouts and public art. The city now has over 20 pieces of public art which the public can enjoy. A video of the art pieces can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0SrCExwSI_E Roundabout art had mixed reviews in the beginning in Bend, but now the community supports and embraces the art so much they have developed their own Roundabout Art Route Tour. In 2005, Americans for the Arts honored these sculptures as being among the most innovative approaches to public art in the country.
The City Installs Its First Roundabout Art!
On the afternoon of March 13, 2018 on a cloudy, rainy, sunny, and cloudy again day, artist David Mudgett installed "Resolve," a 19 ft. tall sculpture made of corten steel in the new roundabout on Pleasant Hill Rd. at Olympic Blvd. The sculpture, which consists of eight dynamically balanced dodecahedrons, was designed and fabricated by the artist specifically for this roundabout. David states, "My intention with this installation is to create an iconic sculpture that will enrich the community...a landmark that the citizens of all ages can identify with and be proud of, a sculpture that not only peeks interest and creates conversation, but also captures young minds." We think he's done just that! Congratulations to the artist, the Public Art Committee and City Council for supporting this project.