Projects in Fairmount Park and on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, an art installation at the airport, and a much-needed reconstruction to replace a long-neglected bridge http://planphilly.com/node/5428 were on the agenda at Wednesday's Art Commission meeting. While none of them are city-changers, it's likely that we'll all encounter them in our literal and figurative travels.
Take the bridge, a replacement for one at 41st Street, the most deteriorated of three spans that link Parkside to the rest of West Philadelphia. Designers were on hand to follow up on a previous appearance before the Commission and to address questions and concerns posed at that meeting.
They likened their design to elements found at the new South Street bridge, and brought mesh and concrete samples. The project received final approval.
Also returning was Nina Bisbee, facilities vice president at the Philadelphia Zoo, who presented updated plans for a new parking structure. Commissioners discussed the garage's scale and coloration of red, gray and cream pre-cast concrete, appearing especially confused by the drawings.
Commissioner Emmanuel Kelly suggested that the material would not in actuality be as red as the color print suggested, reminding everyone of how disappointingly pink the Symphony House had turned out. And, at another particularly Kafkaesque moment, Bisbee suggested that the gray cement would be where the ones that "look sort of pink on the drawings are."
Commissioner Sean Buffington suggested that the plans weren't that far advanced from the original concept drawings, and the Commission agreed that Bisbee would have to return with more details.
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