Plan of the widening of Blue Ridge Road

Blue Ridge Road Public Art Project

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Public Input and Upcoming Meetings

Blue Ridge Road PublicInput Project Page

Public artist team Marino Heidel Studios is gathering inspiration and learning about the Blue Ridge Road community. Visit the PublicInput project page to view community comments, find out about upcoming stakeholder meetings, and to share input and stories about the neighborhood. Virtual community meetings held using Zoom, a free video-conferencing software.

Project Details

The Blue Ridge Road Public Art Project is funded by the 2017 Transportation Bond. Capital Improvement Projects that meet the Percent for Art Ordinance standards, such as this one, are eligible to use 1% of construction funding for Public Art. Inclusion of aesthetics and artwork is an investment in our communities, with a focus on community identity and equity in quality of life. Communities gain cultural, social, and economic value through public art.

The roadway project will widen a segment of Blue Ridge Road from Duraleigh Road to Crabtree Valley Avenue to three lanes with curb and gutter, sidewalks and a multi-use path to provide a functional and safer multi-modal corridor for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. The roadway connects a major hospital and shopping center. Along with those two anchors, Blue Ridge is fronted by both single-family residences and apartment complexes. Towards the North-Eastern end, the road is intersected by a heavily used greenway. Current plans include a roundabout, major intersection improvements, a 10ft multi-use trail, and a pedestrian culvert.

This project will include stand-alone or integrated public art, which may include a stand-alone sculpture, artwork sited at stormwater catchment site(s), and/or artwork integrated into pedestrian paving, lighting, benches/bike racks or other site elements. The artist will work closely with the design team, project stakeholders, and neighborhood groups to ensure a successful outcome. 

This project is part of the Percent for Art program and is a part of the Blue Ridge Road Widening Project.


Estimated installation in Fall 2025.

Site Details

The Blue Ridge Road Widening Project was prioritized in the Capital Improvement Program, as a major street project.

Artist Biography

Joel Heidel's headshot on the left and Angelina Marino-Heidel's headshot on the right

Marino Heidel Studios

Located on the west coast of the United States, Joel Heidel and Angelina Marino-Heidel work in public art, nationally. Working as an artist team for twenty years, Marino Heidel Studios designs and fabricates public art murals and sculptures as well as their individual studio works.

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