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Batavia bridge artworks to be installed this year

"Spintronic" by Nicole Beck is the last sculpture to be selected for the Donovan Bridge in Batavia.
"Spintronic" by Nicole Beck is the last sculpture to be selected for the Donovan Bridge in Batavia.

BATAVIA – Traffic has been crossing the reconstructed Wilson Street bridge for nearly a decade, but the span is only now getting its finishing touches.

Two sculptures are to be installed this year on existing concrete pedestals mounted on the bridge.

Since the 2008 reconstruction of the bridge – known formally as the William J. Donovan Bridge – two permanent sculptures have been placed there.

The idea was always to have four sculptures, with the themes of nature, history, science and art.

The nature sculpture depicting cattails is called “Sounds of Harmony,” while the history sculpture, “A Look Back,” is of a Native-American standing before a windmill.

The science sculpture will be DeKalb artist Bruce White’s “Fractal Limits,” which was chosen last year.

The final sculpture, “Spintronic,” by artist Nicole Beck, was this year's favorite selected by members of the community from several entries, 7th Ward Alderman Dave Brown said.

The sculpture consists of steel tubing adorned with pastel-colored discs.

City Administrator Laura Newman said “Fractal Limits” is expected to be installed this spring, and “Spintronic” later this summer.

The city is paying $30,000 for each of the sculptures, using tax increment financing district money.

The two pedestals where the new sculptures are to be installed currently are occupied by bulldog statues, relics of a celebration some years ago that saw many of the artistically inspired bulldogs lining downtown streets.

Mayor Jeff Schielke said the two bulldogs are quite popular, and that a prominent location will be found for them.

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