Cyclists and pedestrians can now get A View from Two Sides as they use the recently opened Adàwe crossing, thanks to a new public art work that literally reflects the unique beauty of its surroundings.
A View from Two Sides art installation is an integral part of the design of Adàwe crossing, the new pedestrian and cycling bridge spanning the Rideau River between Donald Street and Somerset Street East.
Created by local artist Kenneth Emig, the public art features two reflective stainless steel spheres, both 1.5 metres in diameter, suspended at eye level over the Rideau River at the extended observation areas of the bridge. Each sphere presents the observer with a panoramic view that includes the sky, river, shores, bridge, pedestrians and cyclists.
The result is an unlimited variation of visual possibilities, providing residents and visitors with the perfect place to pause and take in the natural beauty of the area.
This artwork and other commissions were made possible by the City of Ottawa’s Public Art Policy, which allows for one per cent of funds from municipal projects to be set aside for public art to enhance the space and make art accessible to everyone.
Adàwe crossing was officially opened on December 4, 2015 and was namedfor theAlgonquin term meaning “to trade”. The name is also symbolic of the history of the river, the indigenous heritage of the area and the bridge’s ability to link the communities on either side.