- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - New public art has been unveiled with the dedication of the new public restroom on Stedman Street in Ketchikan.

Ketchikan metalwork artist Rich Stage was commissioned by the city to create four plant hangers that were placed on either side of two lamp posts near the Stedman-Thomas Neighborhood Loo. The project was dedicated June 12.

A pair of brackets closest to the street feature gears and logging hooks as an homage to the spruce mill that was located on the northwest side of Thomas Basin, near the Stedman-Thomas neighborhood.

The other pair of brackets, closest to Thomas Basin, feature a fishing theme, with one for net fishing and one for trolling.

“They represent the bond between the marine industry and the spruce mill,” Stage said. “They’re very much interconnected because the logs had to be towed in. They were processed and sent out on another boat.”

Stage said the brackets took approximately 20 hours each to complete.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Transit Manager Kyan Reeve headed up the project. He said the department used a three-quote process to solicit bids for the project.

“We thought it was an opportunity to showcase our history in this particular area,” Reeve said. “The hope is that as the boardwalk, or Promenade Project, happens, that we’ll see brackets, banner holders and planters that kind of represent those (different) neighborhoods as it goes through town. This was kind of a pilot for that to see how it works.”

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com