More than 50 Portlanders last night got a first look at three options for a streetlight sculpture planned for Woodfords Corner, and almost everyone seemed to like at least one of the designs, the Press Herald reported.
There will be another meeting discussing this tonight at 5 p.m. at the Portland Public Library.
The final design, once chosen, would be installed in a proposed plaza in front of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows building at 651 Forest Ave. It will use LED lights and tapered aluminum poles, similar to normal light poles.
The sculpture is part of a $2.6 million makeover of Woodfords Corner that will eliminate a righthand turn lane, add a bike lane and install a new railroad crossing. Forest Avenue would also be reconfigured to have two lanes heading each direction.
Portland artist Aaron Stephan’s sculpture is slated to cost $25,000, which would be paid for using surplus funds in the Public Art Committee’s budget. Stephan has designed sculptures for the University of Southern Maine, Texas Tech University and the W.G. Mallett School in Farmington.
According to a straw poll at the meeting, the tree design, which uses ten lights, was the favorite, according to the Press Herald. Here’s what it would look like:
Here are the other two designs, which received an equal number of votes, the Press Herald reported: