The Waterbury Rail Art Project Team has chosen two finalists to put before the community for a town-wide vote to choose the final artwork that will be installed on the railroad bridge at the entrance of Waterbury Village.  Voting will take place between November 4 and 17, 2017.  The Project Team, made up of community members, business owners, artists and a representative of the New England Central Railroad have worked for six months to narrow down the two choices.  The town will make the final choice by voting for their favorite project.

After receiving a Vermont Arts Council Animating Infrastructure Grant the Project Team put together a Request for Qualifications to help find an artist who has the talent, ability and expertise to create a large public artwork for the railroad bridge.  The 11 interested artists were narrowed down to four, who presented their concept proposals to the Project Team on Friday, October 20th.  “We took into consideration how the proposals related to railroad site as well as how the artwork would build pride and a positive identity for Waterbury and our community,” said Karen Nevin, RW Executive Director. 

The finalists are Philip Godenschweger of Randolph and Tyler Vendituoli of Vergennes.  Philip’s concept, “Building Train,” is to create a train with cars made up of Waterbury’s historic buildings, pulled by a classic steam engine. The train will be made of aluminum, with 3-D raised relief surfaces and be lit by LED lights in the windows.  Approximately 10 cars will be made for the train.  Tyler’s concept, “Crossing Signal Birds,” is to create a flock of colorful birds perched playfully in random groups on the railroad bridge.  Made of powder coated aluminum riveted together the birds will be painted in bold saturated colors.  There will be 36 birds in total.


The Concept Proposals will be on display in two locations in town:  the Town Library during the week of November 4 and KC’s Bagels during the week of November 11.  Additional posters describing the project will be located at the American Legion, Sunflower Market, Maxi’s Restaurant, the Senior Center and Green Mountain Café and Visitors Center.  All seven locations will have a ballot box for voting. 

Anyone can vote, whether a resident, employee or tourist.  We also encourage children to vote with their families.  People should vote only once.  Anyone who provides their contact information will be entered into a drawing for one of two $50 gift certificates to either Hen of the Wood or The Reservoir.  In addition to the ballot boxes around town, people can vote online.  The link can be found at www.revitalizingwaterbury.org.

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