The idea for the Radford Art Walk was conceived years before it finally became a reality. Local artist Karl Johnson was creating so many sculptures that he was running out of room to store them. They came to the attention of CBS President Michael Klausman, who liked the sculptures and very kindly offered Karl a storage area on the lot. CBS also put one of the sculptures just inside the main gate.
But they didn't want to just hide them on the lot. They needed to be shared. Michael and Karl had often spoke about creating an art walk along Radford, where CBS had landscaped a long stretch along their western border. The property belongs to CBS for the first 18' from their wall and then it becomes city property for the next eleven feet to the curb. It stretches for about 800' - or maybe two and a half football fields.
When Michael joined the SCBA board we reopened their conversation and decided that, since SCBA beautifies city properties, it was a perfect joint project. It was well over a year in the planning from that point. We chose thirteen sculptures that all have their own unique and interesting message. It was necessary to put in a path so that people could stroll comfortably and safely and enjoy the sculptures. There was an existing berm that had to be dealt with and so retaining walls were built along various stretches. The city also required ADA ramps.
New plants were added to fill in and complement the sculptures and all the irrigation was reconfigured. Karl also created a seating area on the north end, including a matching trash container.
Completed in the spring of 2012, the Radford Art Walk has since become a favorite destination for dogs and people alike.