Legacy Trail Public Art Master Plan

The Legacy Trail crosses an extraordinary landscape and represents an important cultural moment in Lexington’s history. This plan for public art along the trail culminates several years of discussion about how the trail will be built and how it will transform the community. This plan provides a blueprint for celebrating the opening of the trail with artworks by artists from throughout the region, and for allowing art to find a unique place in the life of the trail as time goes on.

by Todd W. Bressi

Art master plan

In 2009, as the route of the trail was settled, easements were being secured and design plans were being finalized, public art advocates Marnie Holoubek and Christine Huskisson organized the Legacy Trail Public Art Consortium to plan and implement public art along the trail. Consortium members currently include the University of Kentucky, Department of Art, the Blue Grass Community Foundation’s Legacy Center, the Lexington Art League, LexArts, the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government and Holoubek.

The Consortium secured funding from the Legacy Center and LexArts necessary to undertake a master planning process and, after a national search, the Consortium retained urban designer Todd W. Bressi and artist Stacy Levy to develop a public art plan. Their work involved visits to Lexington in January, February and April; two public forums; a roundtable work session with a committee that is developing information about cultural, environmental and historic narratives along the trail; and various meetings and interviews with key stakeholders.

Published April 01, 2010

About the Author

Our public art planning, curating and project management combines urban vision, artistic integrity and technical soundness. Our projects have provided clients with innovative strategies for public art related to urban spaces, city infrastructure, private development, and environmental resources.

More Articles in this Category

Santa Rosa Public Art Master Plan

The Plan describes what the Public Art Program’s priorities should be. The Public Art Program will catalyze new projects, provide guidance to projects undertaken by developers and others, and continue community outreach and education around public art.

Santa Cruz Rail Trail Arts Master Plan

The Santa Cruz Rail Trail Arts Master Plan is a comprehensive document that illustrates the vision for public art along the future 3.7 mile rail with trail corridor that runs through the City of Santa Cruz, next to the existing railroad line.

Hank Aaron State Trail Art Concept Plan

The Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail commissioned this Art Concept Plan to lay the groundwork for the placement of public art along the Trail. This Plan identifies sites in which art could most effectively be placed, establishes principles for its placement, and explores how art can go beyond familiar conventions to reinforce the identity of the Trail and its surroundings.

Windsor Art Master Plan

A public art master plan is an important piece of the public art program in any municipality. It is an invaluable tool that provides everything from visioning, to expected maintenance costs, to public art selection processes. This plan has the potential to provide support for local artists, strengthen the community and support tourism. Ultimately, this plan can help create a distinct identity for Windsor within the region.