Maryland Avenue Bicycle Bridge, Phoenix, Arizona

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Maryland Avenue Bicycle Bridge, Phoenix, Arizona, collaboration with engineer Jerry Cannon for design of bridge superstructure, ramps, lighting, landscaping, 25' high x 250' long x 10' wide, 2006

Judy Bales is a sculptor and public artist.  She received an MFA in fiber from the University of Georgia in 1982 and has lived in Fairfield, Iowa since 1984.  She has exhibited her studio work nationally for over 20 years and her work has been featured in numerous national publications such as American Craft, Ornament and Fiberarts Magazine.  She is an experienced educator and lectures frequently about her work. 

Upon receiving her first public art commission in 2000 for bridge enhancements, she became passionately interested in bridges—their structure, history and aesthetics.  She has competed as a finalist in numerous public art bridge competitions throughout the country and is currently working on four trail or highway enhancement projects in Arizona and Iowa.  She researches her projects extensively and draws upon her long experiences as an artist to develop site sensitive enhancements for bridges and their surroundings.  Working in the scale required for bridge structures has profoundly affected her studio work, which has become larger in scale and oriented toward site specific installations.  She will have a solo exhibition in June at the Lux Center in Lincoln, Nebraska in conjunction with the Midwestern Weavers Conference.

This page was first published on March 21, 2007.

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