Public street art project temporarily closes School Avenue

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

The installation of public art on School Avenue will temporarily close portions of the road between Dickson and Mountain streets from Tuesday, May 1 through Friday, May 4.

The closure will impact on-street parking along School Avenue and access to the Spring Street Parking Deck. The parking deck will still be accessible from the Spring Street entrance.

The project is part of a collaboration between the city, the Walton Arts Center’s Artosphere festival and the University of Arkansas Community Design Center. The work is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts that city officials applied for in 2013.

The work is by renowned eco-themed artist Stacy Levy, who built the 129-foot-long “Spiral Wetland” structure that floated on the surface of Lake Fayetteville during the arts center’s 2013 Artosphere festival.

This time Levy will install a life-scale thermoplastic topographic map of the terrain between Dickson and Mountain streets to serve as a visual reminder of the issues of water in Fayetteville’s hilly landscape.

From the arts center:

Topo Map translates how nature works in the urban environment. It reflects the steepness and micro gradients of School Avenue on which Levy draws the path of flowing rain revealing the areas where the storm water gathers.

For more information about the 2018 Artosphere festival, visit