For many cities, the beautification of downtown pedestrian areas is both an aesthetic and economical decision. The City of Tampa, Florida, saw McNICHOLS ECO-MESH® panels as an answer for both.
Approximately $1.2 million was invested in a downtown Tampa corridor. The goal was to create a pedestrian-friendly street that incorporates public art. The corridor spans three city blocks. One street was chosen as the "Promenade of the Arts" for its proximity to the city's new arts facilities and links to Tampa's urban core.
A local artist worked with a landscape architecture firm to design and create a glass art installation. The installation is a feature of the streetscape renovation. Her artwork consists of multiple cast glass tiles incorporated into vertical panes that sit alongside a series of McNICHOLS ECO-MESH® panels. The large-scale panels line the street as part of the Promenade of the Arts. This offers a glimpse of the city's narrative embedded in glass art.