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21st Century Waterfront Plan

The Chattanooga vision for returning to the river was realized with the completion of the 21st Century Waterfront Project in 2005. The redevelopment of 129 acres along the river created multiple public spaces and opportunities for citizens to enjoy Chattanooga’s waterfront. Integral to this redevelopment was a civic commitment to public art. With a budget of $1.2 million, competitions for public art were announced and commissioned artists from around the country to integrate public art into the riverfront. Two major permanent pieces were installed: The Passage (link) and Illuminated Light Masts (link) for the Pier. A rotating sculpture garden featuring the sculptures of 10 artists was also initiated along First Street. The sculpture garden, now called the Biennial Sculpture Exhibition, installs new works every 2 years through a national juried competition.

Public Art Chattanooga
Department of Economic and Community Development

2nd Floor City Hall
101 East 11th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402(map)