Wednesday, April 23, 2014
If you're wondering why leafless trees in shades of blueish-green have appeared on the plaza in front of City Hall, here's your answer:
Maine College of Art students are once again sharing their creations and this colorful sculpture from Joshua Yurges will earn the gazes of passers-by until April 8. Other installations are expected to go up this week and will remain on view throughout the city for about a month.
Here's what you can see, who created it and where you can see it:
Elizabeth Connolly, a piece on the island in the Deering Oaks duck pond
John Dickinson, a lounge/bench for viewing the canopy and sky in Deering Oaks Park
Heidi Schweizer, a bench on the Western Prom
Jacob Michaud, an installation in the basement of the Oak Street Residential Hall
Peter Hyde, a piece in the MECA cafe
Queena Lo, a piece outside Bomb Diggity Bakery on Congress Street
The projects are for the public engagement class You Are Here taught by Adam Manley, assistant professor of wood and furniture design. Students worked with the City of Portland to get their works installed.
The focus of the class is "designing and making work that not only exists in a place, but also speaks to it and engages with it in a conscious way." Each of the works will be critiqued on those aspects and more by Manley. They'll also be viewed and enjoyed by thousands of Portlanders who will no doubt appreciate a little extra creativity in their 9 to 5 days.
Karen Beaudoin is an online editor for Maine Today Media and contributes two blogs to the company's websites.
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