This is a public art project for a community of downtown Memphis (north end) at the corner of Marble Avenue and Danny Thomas Boulevard. This site was a future thoroughway of the Memphis Greenline, creating a connection for bikers and pedestrians from the Uptown and Mud Island neighborhoods to Shelby Farms.
The work emphasized motion, movement, activity, and energy through large, weaving line work, bright colors, and barrel shaped wheels. Actual bicycle wheels were installed on the top of the wall as a kinetic sculptural addition. The work also included a subtle nod to Memphis’s skyline with the iconic bridge shape woven into the graphic. The final work is an abstraction of the old steam-powered river boats that would transport passengers and freight up and down the Mississippi River.
This project was made possible by an ArtsZone grant from Autozone and student participation at Memphis College of Art.
Using this example, I held a public art workshop in partnership with Urban Art Commission to teach participants how to work with communities to implement public art projects. The workshop discussed ways to build partnership and how to initiate funding sources. It also reviewed methods in which artists could design and install artwork based on varying case studies.