The North Ninth Gateway is one of two city entryway projects. It is located at the intersection of North Ninth Street and Interstate 70. North Ninth Street was the original northern entryway to downtown Salina. The Gateway is part of a larger entryway project that gives access to the town, yet keeps in continuity with the nearby green-ways, bicycle paths, and trails.
This project involved the retrofit of an existing bridge; replacing the median and adding 15 colorful Selux Corral Columns (“light sticks”) that are angled at 65 degrees. The eye-catching angled pole design of the Corral Columns crisscross activating the “railroad patterned” brick median creating a graphic sculptural symbol that is visible for some distance. The artwork also highlights the small creek that crosses the interstate which is often overlooked due to all the trucks, stops, and motels along the interstate.
Selux Corral Columns create a unique, engaging form that activates the median with uniform lighting. The columns were chosen for their sleek design, durability, and ability to integrate architectural forms and landscapes.