Hopewell, Virginia is located at the dramatic confluence of the Appomattox and James Rivers and it is a city known for its industry. The community chose the southern landing of the Appomattox River Bridge as their gateway site because of its visual significance and symbolic function as a threshold to local neighborhoods and their downtown. Chroma Design prepared a Hopewell gateway master plan that identified the location for a large-scale sculpture as a feature element. The firm then worked with the project steering committee to set up an artist selection process. Artist Ralph Helmick was selected, he designed the 51-foot tall signature ‘H’ shaped stainless steel sculpture using a structural design that is reminiscent of the industrial scaffolding visible on the City’s waterfront. Chroma Design then implemented their gateway master plan, developing the design for the surrounding city threshold space to complement the sculpture and provide a dramatic arrival setting for Hopewell visitors.
Chroma Design led a design team that included: