I am presenting artist talks on my on my work dealing with creative placemaking locally today and up in NYC on Monday. Today I am presenting to the Preserving Places course in UMBC’s IRC Fellows Programs. Monday I am delivering a talk and critiquing with students up in NYC as part of the Public Project speaker series offered by the Pratt Graduate Communications Design department. Public Project operates as a collective of faculty and students engaged in the topic of design for social impact and what it means to have a social practice. If you are in NYC Monday and want to hear more about my work, please join us for this public event!
Creative Placemaking Talk
144 West 14th Street
7th Floor, Room 707
New York, NY 10011
Construction of the Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus at the corner of Eutaw and Lombard Streets in downtown Baltimore is now complete. As the public continues to show their excitement in person and online, I thought I would share a few initial shots and a little background on the project. My project is one of three sets of artist-designed crosswalks made possible by Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts for the Bromo Seltzer Arts & Entertainment District. To the BOPA open call, I responded with the following proposal:
The Monumental City is played by giants among many – the business person, the bird, the worker and you. Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus is an intersection of four oversized hopscotch-court-crosswalks, each featuring a quintessential Baltimore path-print. Featuring the shoe, the bird track, the boot and the footprint, the project is a monument to the people who populate the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District and make Baltimore The Greatest City in America.
North Side: The Shoe - The Towering Businessperson skips east approaching downtown skyscrapers.
East Side: The Bird Track - The Superbird Champion hops south heading to Camden Yards and The Raven’s Walk.
South Side: The Boot - Wobbling west The Worker passes through a former garment district built by labor.
West Side: The Footprint - The Hippie Artist bounces north with abandon towards lofty digs in the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District.
Additional coverage can be found at the Baltimore Sun, NPR, Co.Design, Atlantic Cities and WJZ CBS Baltimore. Enjoy! – Graham
With seventeen participants discovering invisible sites with abandon, the Balto East Bike Tour proved to be a rolling success. In a spirit of radical pedestrianism, we stuck together for more than an hour and a half and over four plus miles while navigating traffic conditions from serene to challenging. Thanks for everyone who participated for your bravery and endurance, and asking thoughtful questions and offering helpful commentary. From the Cork Seer Crossing and Greektown Alleydrift to Expressways Amalgamated and the O’Donnell St Bohverlook, we explored an array of public spaces while learning from our everyday surroundings and each other. Special thanks to The Creative Alliance for hosting the event and Liz Donadio for documenting the ride.
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“Spontaneous Interventions“, the official U.S. presentation at the 13th International Venice Architecture Biennale, has made its U.S. debut at the Chicago Cultural Center where it is currently representing a spirited movement for improving cities through DIY innovation and playful direct action. The original exhibition received over 178,000 visitors in Venice, and earned a Special Mention from the Golden Lion jury, the first time the United States has been honored in the history of the Venice Architecture Biennale. Now the spirit of direct action to improve cities embodies by New Public Sites and other project carries on in Chicago. Learn more about Spontaneous Interventions and New Public Sites at www.spontaneousinterventions.org and newpublicsites.org. Click here for Opening Week Programs.
MAY 24 – SEP 1, 2013
Chicago Cultural Center Michigan Ave. Galleries
78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602
Join us for New Public Sites – Station North Avenue, a series of free walking tours through seven collections of invisible sites and overlooked architectural and psychic features along North Avenue in the Station North Arts District.
Organized in conjunction with the Invited: Celebration Station
October 21 – November 11, 2012
MICA Studio Center Gallery
Sheila & Richard Riggs and Leidy galleries
113 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
Reception and Graduate Studio Center Open House
Sunday, October 21, 2–4 pm, followed by walking tour at 4pm
New Public Sites – Station North Avenue is free walking tour through seven collections of invisible sites and overlooked architectural and psychic features along North Avenue between Greenmount and Howard Streets. Using terms and ideas from the New Public Sites field guide and free walking tour maps available in the gallery, participants are invited to drift through Station North, identify different types of “invisible” public spaces and experiences, and then upload them to newpublicsites.org. Along the way, the tour features places such as a billboard-framed vacant lot identified as “Clear Channel Commons”, North Avenue’s impressive median strip, which is likened to “Barrier Islands”, plus a selection of Anniversary List businesses. The ongoing New Public Sites project pushes pedestrian agency, interprets aspects of the everyday and investigates the negotiable nature of the built environment.
WALK TOUR SCHEDULE
Sunday, October 21 – 4pm
Saturday, October 27, 3pm
Saturday, November 3, 3pm
All walking tours are free and open to the public
Meet at the New Public Sites Kiosk
MICA Graduate Studio Center
113 W. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201
Download the free map, interact and find out more at newpublicsites.org/station-north-avenue.