South Bridge of Athens Relief [Title Unknown]
2013 / Panich and Noel / Athens
A relief sculpture on the south concrete abutment of the Oxbow (Richland Ave) Bridge, one of two that was added during the rehabilitation of the bridge. This work honors the history of the "South Bridge" and Athens. It depicts the Hocking River, which once flowed under the bridge prior to rechanneling in the 1960s and 70s, the 1870 bridge that was the first incarnation of five, local wildlife including species that are now endangered, and the Athens Asylum, now called The Ridges. It also includes marks on the upper left side indicating the height floodwaters reached in various years, prior to the rerouting of the river. There is an accompanying plaque that gives more information on the flooding, the bridge, and the wildlife.