UPDATED: Four artistic works to embellish the Marsa Junction project
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Infrastructure Malta has confirmed with the news centre that the remaining four flyovers at the Marsa Junction will be open to vehicles during the summer, with the project being fully completed by the end of the year.
The project does not only include seven flyovers, walkways, cycling lanes and parking areas but will also include four major artistic works at a total cost of 150,000 euro. Following an international call, Infrastructure Malta announced it had selected the proposals of two artists and two architectural firms from Malta, Cyprus and Romania.
Thirty-six artists from seven countries replied to an international call by Infrastructure Malta to propose artistic works for areas with trees and walkways around the Marsa Junction project. The artists proposed 56 different works of art which, as per the call, have to between four and five metres in height and made of materials which can withstand the elements, as they will be permanently exposed in the open. The expense for each artistic work could not exceed 50,000 euro.
In collaboration with Spazju Kreattiv, Infrastructure Malta chose four submissions, representing ‘The Creation of Man’ by a Romanian architectural firm; ‘Crossword’ by ceramist Paul Haber; ‘Sky’ by a Maltese firm of architects and artists; and ‘Tipping Point’ by an artist from Cyprus.
The agency said it will now start discussions with the four chosen participants to give them the necessary resources to produce their artistic works within six months. When completed, these major works will be placed in locations between Aldo Moro Road and the Addolorata Cemetery, which are being embellished with trees and plants.
The Marsa project is being carried out through a 70 million euro investment and includes the rebuilding of the junction most in use in the local roads system, along the main arterial road towards the south. Infrastructure Malta explained that besides the seven new flyovers which are eliminating the old traffic lights and will reduce travel time and emissions caused by traffic congestion, this investment will create walkways, roads and eight bus stops for buses, two park and ride zones and cycling lanes separated from the roads.
Besides the four artistic works for the Marsa Junction, the selection committee classified 12 other proposals which were of a high enough level for Infrastructure Malta to consider them for other embellishment projects as part of other projects presently being carried out or planned for the future.
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