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Rattlesnake Bridge

Wait a minute. Didn't this sneaky snake win in the architecture category, too? Can one public art piece be a contender in more than one division? Can Meryl Streep get more than one Oscar nomination in a single year? She can and she does, and so does the beloved Snake Bridge, deservedly so. Simon Donovan transformed the whole idea of public art with this project. The original call for entries asked for art to decorate a pedestrian bridge. Instead of proposing, say, little sculptures of a snake positioned along an ordinary expanse of steel, Donovan made the art and the bridge one, merging them into a single entity: a giant rattlesnake that pedestrians walk through.

Runners up:

2. Broadway Underpass Wall, Broadway Boulevard, just east of Congress Street

3. TIE:

  • Cancer Survivors Pavilion, Reid Park, 22nd Street and Randolph Way
  • Former Mountain Avenue "flow" pieces, Now at Silverlake Park, Silverlake Road and Kino Parkway

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