Art This Way announces “Off the Wall” challenge winner

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (ADAMS) – Art This Way and Downtown Improvement District join with Fort Wayne Community Development and the Public Art Commission to announce that a design proposal by Kelty Tappy was selected for the Off The Wall Sculpture Challenge.

The following was released for the announcement from Art This Way and the Downtown Improvement District:

“Kelty Tappy’s sculpture titled, 77 Steps, is currently being fabricated and installation is expected in the fall of 2020!
The 77 Steps sculpture will run the full length of the 150 foot pedestrian alley, featuring hundreds of programmable colored lights.
The purpose of the Off the Wall Design Challenge is to follow up on the successful Porch Off Calhoun and other
alleyway activation efforts as part of the implementation of the award winning Downtown Public Realm Action Plan. The creation of an overhead sculpture for the pedestrian space on West Berry (see attached image) is intended to breathe life into the space by creating a destination and demonstrating the importance of the alleyway network and the significance it has to our built environment. By creating a visible entry-point to the northern opening of the two-block area programmed through the Art This Way Alley Activation Project and the Porch Off Calhoun, this sculpture beckons pedestrians to flow into the art-filled space.
“Fort Wane Downtown Improvement District and Art This Way endeavor to saturate target zones with artwork, and this particular space is part of our four-year effort to improve these pedestrian walkways. By placing art at the mouth of our alleyway network we beacon the viewer to enter and explore,” says Alexandra Hall, Manager of Art This Way and public art consultant. “77 Steps adds another dimension to this pedestrian zone, and we are excited to help bring this experience to Downtown Fort Wayne.”

“The City’s Community Development Division and the Public Art Commission are excited to continue the successful implementation of the Downtown Public Realm Action Plan with the installation of 77 Steps,” said Dan Baisden, City of Fort Wayne Public Art Manager and Urban Planner. “The new sculpture will create a memorable experience for everyone who sees it and will be yet another reason for residents and visitors to enjoy downtown and all its unique and engaging public spaces.” The selected design team is Fort Wayne-based architecture firm Kelty Tappy which has been in business since 1999. The design team includes President Matt Kelty, Vice President Jeff Tappy, Drafting Technician Nathan Abel and interns Ethan Anderson, Alejandro Flores, Sophie Vorndran and Nathan Walz. The Off The Wall Sculpture project is coordinated by Art This Way, Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District, and City of Fort Wayne Community Development. The selection committee was comprised of representatives from Art This Way, Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District, Fort Wayne Public Art Commission Chair, Fort Wayne Public Art Commission Member, Arts United Designee, Fort Wayne Museum of Art Designee, Location Specific Representatives, Arts Related Professionals, Installation advisor with relevant expertise in construction, architecture and/or civil engineering, City staff representatives from affected departments, and a grant funding representative.

The 77 Steps Off The Wall Sculpture is funded through a generous gift by the Knight Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, and Design Collaborative. Special thanks to TK Herman, Aptera Software, and Equity Investment Group Inc. for hosting this sculpture on their property.”