Fairbanks residents imagine art ideas for downtown

Associated PressApril 30, 2012 

FAIRBANKS -- Fairbanks residents offered artwork themes ranging from sternwheelers to mushers to ravens for green space that will be created by the realignment of downtown streets crossing the Chena River.

A committee organized under the Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System invited comment for filling a patch of land between the Cushman and Barnette street bridges when streets north of the river are realigned.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the triangular-shaped space isn't big but is historically important because it's where Fairbanks founder E.T. Barnette stopped a sternwheeler to set up shop after Felix Pedro's discovery of gold north of the city.

The art selection committee is taking suggestions through May 30.

The committee has a budget of $325,000 budget for the project. It's scheduled to be complete by May 2013.

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