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Lewis Street Bridge | Public Sculptures by Vicki Scuri SiteWorks | Lewis Street over the Arkansas River, Wichita, KS in Wichita
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Lewis Street Bridge - Public Sculptures

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Lewis Street Bridge is one of two 300’ long gateway bridges, bracketing downtown Wichita, crossing the Arkansas River. The project features 40’ high stainless steel light towers reflecting the nautical theme of water and the aeronautical identity of Wichita as “the Air Capital of the World.” The pier lookouts with light towers suggest a ship’s bow and mast. They echo the forms of the Jayhawk; a world-class sailing vessel previously moored at the boathouse next to the bridge. Lyrical patterns mark the barrier rail and walkway creating a celebratory pedestrian crossing. At night, the towers are illuminated.

Vicki Scuri provided conceptual direction and approach for all elements including: railings, paving, wall treatments, and light towers. Specifically, the light towers and lookout piers are a collaboration of Vicki Scuri SiteWorks with Mark Spitzer Designs.

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Building on over 30 years of experience, Vicki Scuri’s career continues to evolve. Educated in printmaking and design, she transformed her studio work into large-scale public installations as a member of the Downtown Seattle Transit Artist Design Team. This program catalyzed her interest in collaborative work and public space. It marks the beginning of her practice, Vicki Scuri SiteWorks. Her primary focus is site responsive, collaborative design and Public Art, with emphasis on community identity through awareness of place, history and culture. Her practice specializes in infrastructure as public place, because infrastructure, best symbolized as the backbone of urban design, is the system upon which society builds its core values, creating meaning, mobility and connectivity. Having participated on over fifty design teams across the United States, she continuously hones her skills as an artist and collaborator. In 2013, she earned a Certificate in Digital Design and Fabrication, extending her interest in surface modeling by focusing her final project on pattern design in two and three dimensions, using the laser cutter and the router. These digital tools expand her abilities to realize her work and to embrace a more experimental process in image development.

Vicki’s projects, best known for symbolic pattern work; play of sunlight and shadow over sculptural form; and her ability to engage the entire site as a canvas, integrate functionality, landscape and art to create community landmarks. Community identity, site, climate, and environment are important considerations in shaping each project’s unique expression.

Vicki’s work, while functional, invites public imagination and engagement. Many of her projects feature the play of light. Shadows move throughout the day, marking time and seasons. Community members actively participate by strolling, recreating and pausing to enjoy their neighborhoods and friends. Often children interact with the shadows creating their own games. At night, LED lighting marks seasons and holidays, creating anticipation of celebration throughout the year. Civic spaces and pedestrian bridges become neighborhood destinations and gateways. They reflect community identity, promoting awareness of place, heritage and the environment. Patterning, sculptural form, sunlight, LED lighting, and restorative landscapes stand as cornerstones of her work.