December 16, 2010 § Leave a comment
This past weekend Studio One Eleven’s 4th + Linden project hosted “MIXMAS – A Celebration of Community, Art & Culture.” It was a great holiday party featuring live art-making, DJs and bands, outdoor film, food, gifts, and more. Lyon Art Supply stayed open late and, with support from the LB Community Foundation Connected Corridor grant, seven community arts groups – including LB Creative, Lyon Art Supply, and Vayden Roi Galleries – banded together to host the event . When we were working on designing the project, we always thought it would be a good place for a party – and it really was. The rear parking lot was great for food carts and outdoor painting, films were screened in the large, unfinished space, and the indoor garage worked out well as a temporary gift store/music hall, which brought new meaning to the term “garage band.” It was great seeing a diverse group come to the East Village to eat, listen to music, mingle with working artists, do a bit of holiday shopping, and just hang out together. Our goal for redeveloping the 4th + Linden project was always about providing a place that nurtures our creative community and, with events like this and the impending opening of Fingerprints and Portfolio across the street, we feel we are well on the way.
September 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
This year we were invited to work with the 4th Street Business Association to assist in converting the parking lot on 4th Street + Cherry Avenue into a park. After a short design charette, we conceived of a park of community based vendors which were loosely organized around a landscape path of different colored chalk footprints.
We re-installed the “Bike Shelter”, a reclaimed wood prototype built by our own David Hernandez, at the corner of the site. This wonderful shelter helped give some visibility to the lot and was quite a centerpiece of discussions; from multi-modal transportation in our communities to issues of sustainability and adaptive re-use.
In addition to our program pieces, we wanted to allow the community to get involved in creating this park. “Welcome Mats” of colored chalk were arranged around the lot to encourage people to move from area to area, tracking the colors as they visited each vendor. What we did not expect were the break-out long jump contests and that dogs too would participate! Seems all enjoyed the art park that day.
September 10, 2010 § Leave a comment