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Transforming "There's More to Be Proud Of": Journey Towards a Permanent Art Installation

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

At Ozer Engineering, we take great pride in our role as a catalyst for transforming artistic visions into lasting structures. Our collaboration with renowned artist Cat Pena and the Downtown Memphis Commission has led us on an exhilarating journey to convert the temporary art installation "There's More to Be Proud Of," (which we designed with Ms. Pena in 2017) into a permanent fixture that will envigorate a key intersection in downtown Memphis. As we help the Artist bring this vision to life, we are excited to keep you updated on the progress of this transformative project.

Transitioning from Temporary to Permanent:

Our commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of Memphis drives us to work with artist Cat Pena to elevate the impact of "There's More to Be Proud Of." By transitioning this temporary structure, located at the corner of Marshall and Monroe into a permanent installation, we are proud to help create a lasting symbol that celebrates the city's artistic legacy. With meticulous attention to detail, and drive to overcome the many challenges of this unusual structure, we are developing the design to ensure the artwork's longevity, and serviceability, and integrate it seamlessly into a complex public space.

Supporting the Artwork with Tensile Cables:

To enhance the visual impact of the installation, Ms. Pena has added LED lighting to the permanent structure. To support these added heavier elements, Ozer Engineering is redesigning the tensile cables and custom support poles. The interplay of light and color will breathe new life into "There's More to Be Proud Of," captivating passersby and transforming the artwork into a mesmerizing spectacle, day or night.

A Collaborative Vision:

Collaboration lies at the heart of our approach. Working hand in hand with Cat Pena and helping her assemble a talented team of consultants and contractors, we are able to merge artistic creativity with technical expertise. With unusual structures like this one, finding the right people is paramount. By aligning with Ms. Pena's vision, we are able to push boundaries and achieve extraordinary results. Stay tuned for updates as we continue to develop this extraordinary endeavor together.

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