Thursday, December 26, 2013

Two Pivots in Time: End of 2013 Exhibit/Design Inspiration

We're nearing the end of one year and the start of the next.  I always find this pivot point in time a great opportunity to look both backward and forward, so I guess that's why I felt compelled to share both of the inspiring projects below with you --- each is connected to the past, but is also pointing toward a different (brighter?) future.

Bunker 599 is a reinterpretation of one of the 600 surviving WWII era bunkers along the New Dutch waterlines.  As you can see in the video below (or on YouTube here) the artists involved in the Bunker 599 project literally dissected the bunker to create a piece that clearly relates to the past, but does something else as well by making you look at the light and spaces inside and around the original bunker in different ways.  (Thanks to Kiersten Nash for pointing out the Bunker 599 project!)

Write-A-House is a project that plays with the pivot of time in a different way.  As detailed in the recent Detroit Free Press story, the Write-A-House crew are providing houses (that's one pictured at the top of this post) in the Detroit neighborhood of Hamtramck (for free!) to writers who agree to document their experiences there for two years.  It's seems like a forced gentrification experiment, but getting artists and folks committed to re-populating Detroit and taking care of its busted-up supply of houses seems like an idea worth watching.

What inspired you in 2013, or what projects are you excited to see unfold in 2014?  Let us know in the Comments Section below.

Here's wishing all my ExhibiTricks readers a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year and opportunities to find their own pivots in time!

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