Get to The Point: Neighborhood Narratives is an installation by Salem Public Space Project showcasing memories experienced by Point residents in their neighborhood. The installation commences with a performance on Saturday, June 8th at 11am, in which the stories are shared with the public as the neighborhood becomes the stage. The interactive project will be located at the top of the Old Town Hall Square through Sunday.
Submit your stories and photos to SalemPublicSpaceProject@gmail.com!
On Saturday morning, October 27, 2012, Salem Public Space Project and friends hung five picture frames from trees in Lafayette Park.
The bright orange frames seemed to signal the high tourist season for Salem, with Halloween just days away; Lafayette Park is not on the tourist circuit – residents call it “bum park” and the marble, obelisk-like monument dedicated to World War II veterans and erected by the French Canadian community that used to live in the area does not feature on Salem postcards. The frames prompt passer-byers to do just that – take a photo – of friends or the framed view – of a place with few photo opps.
Booklets, hung just below the frames, say “Cheese!” and offered a space to comment on what this green space could be: “I imagine this park could be…” Some of the frames are placed “inside” the greenery of the park to entice people to cross the apparent edge posed by the sidewalk. Could the frames engage people to re-imagine the park?
The frames and booklets were up for just over 24 hours, but had to be removed with the coming of the resulting high winds after Hurricane Sandy. In the short time, comments were made, and their frequency show where most people frequent the park itself.
What clues does the space of Mary Jane Lee Park provide to improve the park use and experience? What role does the park play in facilitating social interactions and community involvement in a neighborhood?