Project Impact. By widening I-35, the ODOT and the City of Norman desired to provide additional capacity for traffic without sacrificing too much of the remaining natural environment, encourage safety along this highway corridor by introducing additional pedestrian amenities, and promote community identity through the implementation of aesthetics for a series of transportation enhancements.
Features & Design Context. For the parapet and piers, we used agricultural and elemental icons and patterns to reflect local industry and landscape. Art Deco-style custom waveform liners that referenced the irrigation system that feeds this essential crop.
Techniques & Requirements.
As part of the overall concept, CDR designed an intricate multi-colored pattern to be specially stained by Creative Form Liner on the bridge’s slope walls. Our team of artisans hand-stained the design onto the slope walls according to CDR’s dimensioned drawings and color specifications.
Decorative concrete forms representing three elemental icons of the Chickasaw Nation were cast using custom form liners for the bridge’s pier bullnose.
The slope walls used specialty staining to create a pattern reminiscent of Native American designs. The fluid design, which seems to move as motorists pass by, was inspired by Chickasaw wind iconography.
“CFL’s work epitomizes the “spirit” of public art. The most obvious evidence of its creative genius is the dynamic designs and use of color; typically CFL’s works surrounds the viewers, pulls them in, educates and edifies them.” Debby Williams, Director (Oklahoma Art in Public Places)
“We have received many positive comments from the public concerning the decoration of our new bridge structures in the Oklahoma City area, and much if not all of that credit needs to be forwarded to CFL.” Gary Ridley, Secretary of Transportation (Oklahoma Department of Transportation).
Aspire Magazine, Project. (2013, October). Interstate 35 Corridor. Eight consecutive I-35 bridge designs showcase Oklahoma’s history [Press release]. Retrieved February 26, 2017, from http://aspirebridge.com/