Salem Public Space Cards: an artful gaze onto our shared public spaces.
Over a dozen local photographers have chosen and photographed a public space meaningful to them. What will their image inspire you to write about a place that you know or discover in your own way?
Cards will feature a public space photo and a poem/ written reflection inspired by the photo on the other. To be launched and for sale at the Salem Arts Festival, 2017. The Public Space Cards will be packaged with a map of all locations. All proceeds will go towards recovering production cost and then divided equally among participants. (Cost TBD)
Community Garden 11 votes
Community Center 10 votes
Community Movie Theatre 8 votes
Music Center for Children 4 votes
Fun 4 votes
Skate Park 4 votes
Teen / Youth Center 4 votes
Most of the suggestions were unique, but generally related, so we tried out some categories to see if some of the desires can be combined, or could complement each other. There is space for imagination even on such a small lot!
Practically all of the suggestion spaces were filled with the practical, whimsical, provocative, and everything in between. What is your favorite suggestion of what this small lot in the heart of the densely populated Point neighborhood could be? What is missing? View suggestions more closely in the photos below and here with: A Lot of Suggestions diagrammed.
This was the first day that all work was completed at the lot. Almost all of the suggestion lines have been filled over the past few weeks. And so, the kids played and painted the mural with images based on the community suggestions of what the lot could be. Pamela Joye joined us and photographed the afternoon’s events. The photos here are from the following Saturday morning and show the finished space ready for the final community BBQ.
Choose a colored trunk to sit and choose your favorite suggestion of what this lot could be.
While the Salem Public Space Project brought the white plastic chairs to add to the available seating, the wooden chair was brought by an unknown community member. While not a written suggestion of what the lot could be, it clearly communicates what is needed. Thank you, anonymous chair donor, for helping furnish that need!Whether a garden, movie theater, or community center, I like the suggestion that the lot will be fun!
Imagination at the lot was in full swing on Friday. The Bulletin Board is complete and has some good recycling information brought over by four members of the Recycling Committee. A neighbor who has watched the progress on the lot unfold in the past several weeks brought over a gift as well – a lovely painting he made of bright trees featured on the bulletin board. Below, he writes in his suggestion of what this lot could be: “A Gallery of Art.”
The suggestion board has gathered some repeat ideas: a garden, a (much needed) public restroom, a store. The back of the board has a united message painted by over a dozen point children. It reads: “We Love our Point Community.”
The front of the Community Suggestion Wall is almost complete and asks residents to imagine what this lot could be. The final, essential touch, will be the chalk that will be placed on site as soon as this fall rain passes. The head of the wall will serve as a Community Bulletin board with the bold artwork of the neighborhood helpers.
The back of the wall currently serves for a canvas of unlimited possibilities – join us next week as the mural really begins to take shape.
The eight foot long stencils were not easy to work with, but the kids managed quite well.