Ripple Effect (installed summer 2006)
||Irwin A. & Robert D. Goodman Pool, 325 Olin Avenue., Madison, WI 53713; County: Dane
The Madison Arts Commission in conjunction with the Parks Division has selected an individual artist for design enhancements and/or public art for Madison’s first public swimming pool. This project provides an opportunity to create site-specific public art. The selected individual will work with the Madison Arts Commission, the Parks Division, various city departments, and stakeholders to develop the final project elements.
Downtown Madison is on an isthmus with the State Capitol sitting on the highest point. Home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Capitol, Madison offers a richness of museums, libraries, and artistic and sporting events. The first public pool in Madison will be located at Goodman Park (Formerly Franklin Field), just 2 miles from the State Capitol. The park is 32 acres, with 2 full and 1 half-basketball court, 2 softball diamonds, a soccer field and 2 tennis courts. In addition to Play equipment, the Park has an outdoor ice rink with warming hut. The Park is positioned along Wingra Creek and an adjacent Bike Trial.
“Ripple Effect” is a gateway designed by Eric Powell in the shape of a water splash and the subsequent ripple effect. It celebrates water and serves as an easily recognizable entry, exit, and meeting place. The design appeals to both children and adults. “Ripple Effect” is made of steel with a painted urethane-based epoxy paint.