Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Artists to team with Pendleton for public art input events

Wowhaus Studios, the award-winning artist team selected to design sculptures for the Pendleton Public Art Project, will visit the neighborhood for a series of collaborative events with residents to inform the final design of its works.

The Wowhaus team of Scott Constable and Ene Osteraas-Constable, along with project facilitator ArtWorks, is seeking ideas, images and stories to inspire a number of elements that will be installed along Pendleton Street, at its intersections with 12th and 13th streets, later this fall.

"We are inspired by the rich history and vibrant sense of community and creativity in Cincinnati, and the Pendleton neighborhood in particular," Osteraas-Constable said in a prepared release. "We see tremendous potential in this project and are excited to begin our artistic collaboration with community members and ArtWorks to create dynamic works that will become beloved icons in the Pendleton community."

The visit is part of two weeks of project-related events, which includes:
  • ArtWorks Pendleton Stories Night, Friday from 6 P.M.-8 P.M. at Mr. Bubbles Auto Detailing, 512 E 13th Street. Professional storyteller Omope Carter Daboiku and community expert Dan Joyner will lead an interactive story night to gather and share thoughts on the neighborhood.
  • ArtWorks Pendleton Photo Safari, Saturday from 10 A.M.-noon at the Pendleton Art Center, 1320 Pendleton Street. Osteraas-Constable and Cincinnati artist and photographer Marc Wavra will take residents and local youth on a walk through the neighborhood to identify and document what is meaningful and significant to them.
  • ArtWorks Pendleton Public Art Community Workshop, Saturday from 1 P.M.-3 P.M. at Mr. Bubbles Auto Detailing. Osteraas-Constable will offer a hands-on opportunity to the community to share the type of public art it enjoys and what artistic qualities they'd like to see in the design of the project.
  • ArtWorks Pendleton Cake and Paper Party, Thursday, May 30 from 6 P.M.-8 P.M. at the Pendleton Art Center. Chef Frances Kroner, founder of FEAST and a graduate of ArtWorks' SpringBoard program, will guide community members in shaping paper and food into things that reflect what they love about Pendleton.
  • ArtWorks Pendleton Block Party, Saturday, June 1 from 1 P.M.-5 P.M. between Spring Street Playground and 13th Street. Part of the SpringFling celebration, the party will include barbecue, live music, chalk art, and other activities for all ages.
Wowhaus was selected from 77 firms that expressed interest in the project. Based approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco in Sebastopol, Calif., Wowhaus has more than 10 years of experience in public art, furniture production, architecture, and environmental design.

"Wowhaus was a natural fit for this project," said Tamara Harkavy, ArtWorks CEO and artistic director. "They are an incredible team of artists who channel their energy and passion into understanding the many forces at play in an area. That perspective aligns perfectly with our vision – ArtWorks is the creative and economic engine which unites citizens to transform our region."

Funding for the $215,000 Pendleton Public Art Project comes from the City of Cincinnati, a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Final designs are expected to be revealed in June or July.

Also, ArtWorks is seeking an artist for a new mural that will be installed this summer on the side of the former Pendleton Joe's coffee shop, located at 1321 Pendleton Street.

Proposals are due by May 31 at 5 P.M., and an artist will be chosen on June 5.

Previous reading on BC:
Wowhaus selected to design Pendleton sculptures (4/8/13)
Finalists chosen for Pendleton public art project (2/4/13)
ArtWorks poring over 77 submissions for Pendleton public art project (12/20/12)
ArtWorks accepting applications for sculptural bike rack program (12/19/12)
Pendleton enforcement blitz reduces blight and crime, promotes redevelopment (11/20/12)