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Posted on September 23, 2015

Railroad Bridge Sculpture to be Dedicated at Upper Landing Park

Installation of Michael Ciccone’s Steel Work ‘Momentum’ Planned for Saturday, Sept. 26

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POUGHKEEPSIE, NY- Artist Michael Ciccone’s inspirational steel sculpture “Momentum” will be officially dedicated during a ceremony hosted by the Walkway Over the Hudson organization at Upper Landing Park along the Poughkeepsie waterfront at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26.

As part of the demolition crew that worked to transform the Poughkeepsie Highland Railroad Bridge into the Walkway Over the Hudson in 2009, Mr. Ciccone of Saugerties spent several months using his blowtorch to cut off large portions of rusted and unwanted steel beams and hardware from high above the Hudson River. He later re-fabricated the 122-year-old steel into highly stylized abstract sculptures that incorporate sections of patinaed copper. “Momentum” is a free-standing “heroic” work which echoes the powerful wheels of a locomotive, with a twisted dark plume of simulated smoke arching over the length of the work, toward the rear of the 12-foot-high sculpture.

Posted on September 22, 2015

Stewards of Walkway Celebrated

Stewards of the Walkway receive recognition at September 17th event


(Health Quest recognized for long-term support of the Walkway Over the Hudson. From Left to Right: Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Health Quest Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations Timmian Massie, President and Chief Executive Officer of Health Quest Luke McGuinness, and Health Quest Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development David Ping. Photo by Kristine Palmer Photography.)

The Walkway Over the Hudson organization hosted a reception at Poughkeepsie’s Historic Piano Factory on Thursday, September 17th to recognize 2015 Stewards of the Walkway, ten donors who contributed significantly to the nonprofit group within the last year.

Stewardship gifts—donations valued at $5000 or above—are recognized in several ways including engraved bronze medallions mounted at the Walkway State Park’s center scenic overlook and plaques mounted on customized benches located in the park.

Stewards recognized at last night’s festivities include: Health Quest, IBM Corporation, Doug & Heidi Elmendorf, Arthur L. Gellert, Ravi & Lata Hotchandani, Richard & Ellen Levine, Kip Bleakley O’Neill, Agnes & Ta Jen Wu, The Jeannette F. Schlobach Charitable Trust, and the Charles Ruffing Family.

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