Evolution of a Street Corner

See how public art has transformed this intersection in Downtown Providence over five years.

We are firm believers that public art transforms public space – but sometimes it can be hard to understand exactly how that process plays out over time. The art becomes such a part of the landscape and our perception of it that it’s easy to forget what the space looked like before. This gallery demonstrates one example of that process. The corner of Fountain and Dorrance Streets in Downtown Providence is the site of one of our sculpture pads, installed in 2015 as a way to develop permanent, sustainable infrastructure for public art in our city center. Here we provide a glimpse of the evolution of that corner over the course of five years and four sculptures.