Thank you all for making September’s SiteLines walking tours an empowering success of public space activation! Among four tours will nearly 100 participants, we collectively explored the thrilling Urban Sublime of Baltimore’s ever shifting invisible public spaces. We Crossed the Highway to Nowhere, climbed to an impressive, if damp, Reservoir Chill, mindfully Wandered Old Town Mall and indeed made Power Plant truly ALIVE! Stay tuned for an announcement in early 2015 about the forthcoming SiteLines web series culminating in a solo show on the west side of downtown.
Throughout the month of September, all are invited to join Baltimore public artist Graham Coreil-Allen for four New Public Sites walking tours of invisible public spaces around Baltimore. Including the Highway to Nowhere, Reservoir Hill / Druid Lake, Old Town Mall and Power Plant Live, these tours will be documented for the forthcoming internet video series SiteLines.
The ongoing New Public Sites project interprets the overlooked and invisible sites within cities, investigates the negotiable nature of public space, and pushes the boundaries of pedestrian agency. SiteLines will translate these radical walking tours and urban design research into sharable, online videos. The video production will capture Coreil-Allen and walking tour participants as they playfully explore public space while he shares some of the sites’ histories, design, and uses. The four tours are thematically connected by suburban style development in a city context, including urban highways and pedestrian malls. The entire SiteLines season will be released on the New Public Sites YouTube channel on a periodic basis, then exhibited as part of a larger installation in Baltimore next Spring. SiteLines will present a compelling portrait of Baltimore and its civic space potential through dramatic shots of public space and pedestrian interactions therein.
All tours are free and open to the public.
Walking tour / video shoot schedule:
Saturday, September 6, 1pm – Crossing the Highway to Nowhere
Explore interchanging embankments around The Highway to Nowhere while bolding crossing where many have walked before.
Meet at 398 N Greene Street, in the former Social Security Administration Offices plaza.
Saturday, September 13, 1pm – Reservoir Chill
Where the sidewalk ends beyond a flowing overpass, climb as Druids towards a pastoral sublime.
Meet at 701 Druid Park Lake Drive, next to the intersection of Park Ave and Druid Park Lake Drive.
Saturday, September 20, 1pm – Old Town Wandering Revival
Honor the glory of Gay Street while humbly acknowledging its challenges with pedestrian gestures of hope and cheer.
Meet at 414 Old Town Mall, next to the Baltimore City Fire Museum at Gay and Orleans Streets.
Saturday, September 27, 1pm – Power Plant Alive!
Wear your full rock gear to swamp the market and flip the switch on its power of place.
Meet behind the old Power Plant at 601 E Pratt St, on the south side of Market Place and Pratt St.
Graham Coreil-Allen is a public artist who explores the constructs and contradictions of cities through videos, maps, crosswalks, and walking tours. Coreil-Allen recently completed the Hopscotch Crosswalks in downtown Baltimore and his walking tours have been showcased around the United States and at the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
HopXscotch Rivalry: A cross-hopping, street race for two!
HopXcotch Rivalry will be two extreme hopscotch courses crossing for one action packed, two person race. Inspired by the success of my Hopscotch Crosswalks in downtown Baltimore, I’m staging this new project to bring playful pedestrian action to the intersection of Charles and Lanvale Streets, in the middle of Artscape’s Field Day, coming up on July 18-20. Participants will start at competing ends of hopscotch paths and must jump fast while staying on track. The two 50’ long courses meet at the middle, presenting an opportunity for racers to bump each other off course. The easy-to-understand and play game will be enhanced with organized hopscotch tournaments at scheduled times throughout the Artscape weekend.
FIELD DAY is a collection of participatory games, activities, performances and competitions designed by artists, which will be free and open to the public during the 2014 Artscape. Seven installations will be featured along the Charles Street corridor; visitors to Artscape will be able to experience each “station” as simply a viewer or by competing against friends, the artist-organizer or gaining a “high score.”
Curated by: Michael Benevento, Jason Corace and Andrew Liang.
FIELD DAY is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA).
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New Public Sites – Balto East Bike Tour
Saturday, June 28 | 1-3 p.m.
the Creative Alliance
3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore MD 21224
the Creative Alliance
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Balto East Bike Tour has been cancelled. I apologize for the last minute change! Click here to subscribe to get updates on forthcoming New Public Sites projects at the Creative Alliance! In the meantime, click here to check out the official Balto East Bike Tour page to download your own map for a self-guided tour.
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.
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.