Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Night-time public art and lighting as placemaking

This New York Times article, When skyscrapers are your screen," is about digital projections on buildings and this piece about Anne Pasternak and Creative Time and their public art projects in NYC, "This woman is changing the way we see art," from the Wall Street Journal Magazine, is broader, because Creative Time does striking public art projects of all sorts, not just those involving night time lighting.
“Bat Signal for the 99%,” Manhattan
Bat Signal for the 99%,” Manhattan. Photo: Brandon Neubauer.

STREET SCENE | "For the City," a written projection in Cooper Square, by Jenny Holzer, 2005
Photo: Charlie Samuel. STREET SCENE | "For the City," a written projection in Cooper Square, by Jenny Holzer, 2005.

I am always in the bag for digital projections, architectural lighting, lumiere festivals (typical in Europe) and such for activating places at night in unusual and attractive ways.
Colored lighting of trees, ice rink in Central Park
Casey Kelbaugh for The New York Times. Etienne Russo's Moncler Grenoble presentation at Wollman Rink in Central Park.

Note that Creative Time curated an exhibition "Living as Form," on socially-engaged "cultural works that blur the forms of art and everyday life, emphasizing participation, dialogue, and community engagement."

The companion book for the exhibition is published by MIT Press.
Living as Form book, published by MIT Press

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