Talk about from trash to treasure. It may not look like it, but the materials used to make this sculpture are more than 100 years old. Constructed from recycled steel and copper cables that were once part of an old railroad bridge, this piece is designed to capture the movement of a high-speed steam engine. Taken together, the artwork itself — and the substances used to build it — transport viewers back to the 19th century, a time when rail travel ruled our nation.
Saugerties-based artist Michael Ciccone got the idea for this abstract sculpture while working to restore the railroad bridge — which over the last few years has become one of the Valley’s most famous landmarks, attracting local and out-of-town pedestrians since 2009. Currently, Ciccone’s piece is proudly displayed on the lawn of a well-known arts center in the mid-Valley’s largest city. But plans are now in the works to send these whirling wheels back to their roots: The sculpture soon will make its home on the deck of the bridge, high above the Hudson River.
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