Open Spaces: Lincoln Park
Artist-In-Residence, Roberto Salas, and lead artist, Todd Stands, have been selected to work with the Lincoln Park community to create a permanent work of public art in the neighborhood. Taking place over the course of several month, this project is part of the Museum's Open Spaces initiative, funded by a generous grant from the James Irvine Foundation's Exploring Engagement Fund.
The Open Spaces staff has held several open community meetings with residents of the Southeast San Diego area, and, based on their input, has produced a rendering of a possible public work. The proposed work would involve suspending LED lighting on stainless steel cable at the intersection of Euclid and Imperial, and may require the support and interagency cooperation of the City of San Diego.
Community residents have voiced their concern with this intersection, and its reputation as the “four corners of death.” This area continues to be a focal point for residents, and through a process of conceptualization, evaluation, and feasibility studies, a strategy has been conceived to use public art as a way to rebrand this junction “the four corners of life.” It is in collaboration with the neighborhood’s residents, who have made clear their desire to change the environment and aesthetics of this space, that the Open Spaces staff begins this conversation with others on creating a healing and restorative symbol for all those that pass through this crossing. (Updated November 19, 2013)
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Over the course of several meetings, Salas, Stands, and Museum representatives have met with community members to brainstorm ideas, and discuss and evaluate project content, timelines, and implementation strategies. Meeting topics ranged from discussions on what makes a neighborhood unique, to how these ideas might be expressed in a public work of art, to the content, location, and media for the work. Community members and anyone interested in becoming involved in the project are invited to attend.
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