Project Details

Plan of the widening of Blue Ridge Road

The Blue Ridge Road Public Art Project is funded by the 2017 Transportation Bond. Capital Improvement Projects that meet the Percent for Art Ordinance standards, such as this one, are eligible to use 1% of construction funding for Public Art. Inclusion of aesthetics and artwork is an investment in our communities, with a focus on community identity and equity in quality of life. Communities gain cultural, social, and economic value through public art.

The roadway project will widen a segment of Blue Ridge Road from Duraleigh Road to Crabtree Valley Avenue to three lanes with curb and gutter, sidewalks and a multi-use path to provide a functional and safer multi-modal corridor for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The roadway connects a major hospital and shopping center. Along with those two anchors, Blue Ridge is fronted by both single-family residences and apartment complexes. Towards the North-Eastern end, the road is intersected by a heavily used greenway. Current plans include a roundabout, major intersection improvements, a 10ft multi-use trail, and a pedestrian culvert.

This project will include stand-alone or integrated public art, which may include a stand-alone sculpture, artwork sited at stormwater catchment site(s), and/or artwork integrated into pedestrian paving, lighting, benches/bike racks or other site elements. The artist will work closely with the design team, project stakeholders, and neighborhood groups to ensure a successful outcome. 

This project is part of the Percent for Art program and is a part of the Blue Ridge Road Widening Project.

About the Artist

Joel Heidel's headshot on the left and Angelina Marino-Heidel's headshot on the right

Located on the west coast of the United States, Joel Heidel and Angelina Marino-Heidel work in public art, nationally. Working as an artist team for twenty years, Marino Heidel Studios designs and fabricates public art murals and sculptures as well as their individual studio works.

Learn more about Marino Heidel Studios

Timeline

Estimated installation in Fall 2022

Community Meetings

Marino Heidel Studios is gathering inspiration and learning about the Blue Ridge Road community. Register in advance to share your stories and thoughts during virtual community meetings held using Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.

Upcoming Meetings

TBD - Final Design Meeting

View Recordings of Previous Meetings

July 19, 2021 - Blue Ridge Road Public Art Concept design Meeting #4

March 25, 2021 - Blue Ridge Road Public Art Concept Design #3

Oct 16, 2020 12:00 PM - Blue Ridge Road public art concept design/possible locations meeting with Stakeholders


 

Blue Ridge Road Public Art

 We would love to hear your thoughts on public art opportunities along Blue Ridge Road.If you have questions about the project, or would like a project team member to meet with you or a group you...

Blue Ridge Road Public Art - Concept Design Feedback

ARTWORK FOR BLUE RIDGE ROADArtists Angelina and Joel are excited to share the concept of a Sculptural Poet Laureate Walk along Blue Ridge Road. The 10 sculptural way stations would be spaced evenly along...

About Transportation

The City of Raleigh's Transportation Department consolidates transportation and related infrastructure. From planning transportation projects, system operation, and infrastructure maintenance, the department works to optimize service delivery and position the City for ongoing growth. Services provided by the department include transportation planning, traffic engineering, transportation field services, parking operations, GoRaleigh transit services, and highway maintenance.

About Raleigh Public Art

Mission: To create and integrate diverse artworks into Raleigh's landscape in order to establish a vibrant visual environment that provides public places with civic distinction, as well as fostering meaningful connections between people and place.

History: In 2009, the City of Raleigh adopted ordinances creating the Percent Art Program. The program allocates 1% of funds from capital construction projects for public art. Public art associated with City of Raleigh construction projects is managed by the Raleigh Arts Office. More information about Raleigh Arts can be found at https://raleighnc.gov/raleigh-arts  

The Atlantic Avenue Public Art Project is funded by the 2017 Transportation Bond. Capital Improvement Projects that meet the Percent for Art Ordinance standards, such as this one, are eligible to use 1% of construction funding for Public Art. Inclusion of aesthetics and artwork is an investment in our communities, with a focus toward community identity and equity in quality of life. Communities gain cultural, social, and economic value through public art.