City hires artist for WaterWalk project, slightly alters masterplan

The city hired modernist metal sculptor Albert Paley this afternoon to design and build a sculpture at the corner of Main and Waterman. It’s the latest step forward in the long-awaited WaterWalk project.

Paley has been commissioned for a wide-variety of highly-visible projects in North America. He’ll be paid up to $350,000 for his work. The city plans to spend another $300,000 on that corner. That is still within the original $41.6 million budget the city created years ago.

Another move approved by council members slightly alters the project’s master plan by moving the Waltzing Waters interactive water fountain from its planned location to the middle of the project site. The fountains have sat in storage for more than a year. The change to the plan has no impact on the approved budget.