November 7, 2018 – The final step in creating a welcoming gateway into the downtown arts district is now complete. Today Mayor Tom Henry, local artists and neighborhood leaders cut the ribbon celebrating the completion of the Metaform sculpture and mural located in the 400 block of East Columbia Street, across from Three Rivers Apartments near the Columbia Avenue Bridge.
The sculpture was created by Cary Shafer and includes large, metal, three-dimensional blocks that are painted to complement the 300-foot mural painted last summer by Jerrod and Kara Tobias. Shafer and Jerrod Tobias worked together to design the mural and sculpture, which they named Metaform. The gateway feature was completed by painting the railroad elevation and installing lighting, a sidewalk and landscaping.