Sculpture Settles in Front of New Short Street Garage

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COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia is adding another piece of art to its permanent public collection, thanks to a city effort to spend a small portion of each project on art.

"Tidal Murmur" is the newest addition at the under-construction Short Street parking garage. The sculpture was funded through the city's "Percent for Art" program.  This program allows for one percent of the cost of city construction to be used for site-specific public art.

Kansas City artist Beth Nybeck was selected by the city Cultural Affairs Commission to create a piece that would represent Columbia.  She said she was inspired by the city's constant energy.

"I wanted the piece to be really dynamic, full of energy, full of movement, 'cause I thought that's the vibe that I got from this area," Nybeck said.

She said the sculpture shows how Columbians are all connected to each other.

"Tidal Murmur is kind of all about the ripple effect, which is this theory that I was really interested in at the time, and it talks about how we're all really connected to one another and how our actions really have impact and influence in the community and the world at large," Nybeck said.

The sculpture is made up of three stainless-steel wave ripples with enough space between them for pedestrians to walk through.

The sculpture can be found on the north side of the Short Street garage near the entrance.

It took Nybeck more than a year and a half to make the sculpture.

Sarah Dresser from the Office of Cultural Affairs said the new piece of art is a great addition to the city.

"It's a way to enhance the cultural landscape of Columbia," Dresser said.

The Percent for Art program began in May 1997 and has since funded 30 different projects for the city.

To learn more about the other Percent for Art projects, check out the program's page for a list of all the projects and where they are located.