Bayou Meander is a public art commission inside the Yoga Studio of the largest rock climbing gym- Momentum Fitness at Silver Street. The artwork is painted on a steel beam that spans the room forty feet across. A layering of oil and enamel based paint create an atmospheric flowing of water, with hand painted aluminum mesh sculpted in place and brush strokes that emulate water rushing. The result is a site specific public artwork viewable by yoga students and rock climbing visitors.
Periscope Central Avenue
Project Type: Public Art, Percent for Art Commission, work in progress. To be constructed in 2018
Services Provided: Art Concept Design through Installation Drawings, Community Engagement Process, and Collaboration with local fabricators during Installation
Collaborator: Graham Coreil-Allen of Graham Projects LLC
Location: Baltimore, MD
Project Partners: Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts, Baltimore City Department of Transportation, Fluora Teeter Landscape Architects
Baltimore City’s Central Avenue Streetscape project encompasses major improvements running from Baltimore to Lancaster Streets. Falon-Graham-Land-Art (FGLA) was selected as the winning artist team to work with the Department of Transportation, Floura Teeter Landscape Architects, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts to incorporate a public art project into the Central Avenue corridor.
To the Central Avenue Streetscape project, FGLA brings creative vision and public space experience, an ability to listen to and work with constituents, and local sensitivity to history, the environment and public space potential. Falon designs landscapes and public artwork rooted in local ecology and culture. Graham Coreil-Allen works on numerous socially-engaged projects that activate public spaces. Together, Mihalic and Coreil-Allen will develop a project that will be inclusive of local communities and their deep historical heritages, contribute to ecological awareness, and foster a strong visual and spatial experience for Central Avenue participants.
Previously, FGLA was a national finalist in the Baltimore Red Line Art-in-Transit Public Art competition to integrate public art into the Poppleton Station transit plaza. Combining our local insight with international experience, FGLA is committed to improving Baltimore through public art placemaking, built environment know-how, green-practice expertise, and playful pedestrian design.
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PROJECT TYPE: Public Art Installation
LOCATION: Houston, Texas
SERVICES PROVIDED: Concept development, Art Direction, Studio fabrication and install, graphic design, radical cartography, public programming
Color Clouds is a site specific public art installation that celebrates the unique skyscape over Houston. Made of polychrome mesh, the installation is inspired by the changing colors of storm clouds in Houston during the summer.
Color Clouds is part of my continuing development of immersive, colorful landscape spaces that reference local phenomena. I'm astonished by the deep blue that builds on the underside of thunderhead clouds as storms push over the city from the Gulf of Mexico. Late afternoon sunlight catches the upper wisps of these clouds and they reflect creamy pink and bright purple tones. As a public project, the installation serves as a gateway into the experience of cloudgazing in the city. #HouClouds
PROJECT TYPE: Public Art
LOCATION: Barrington, Rhode Island
Concept development, fabrication and installation
SIZE: 2,000 square feet
Compost Grove was a temporary land art/ site-specific landscape installation on the RISD Farm. The work was supported by a grant from the Graduate Studies Department of the Rhode Island School of Design.
the Pink Sink
Project Type: Landscape Architecture, Public Art, Idea Competition
Size: Varies by specific installation
Location: Calgary, Alberta Canada
The Pink Sink is a proposal to convert the lost space of a long and narrow highway median into a space for carbon sequestration and environmental public art. The primary design goal, "the SINK", is to remove carbon dioxide from the air near the highway. The secondary design goal, "the PINK", marks the space of the carbon sink median by painting the curbs, and installing pink light posts that make environmental data visible to the public. Carbon is removed from the atmosphere through planting and soil amelioration strategies: 1) the mix of plants are selected for the most eective carbon storage pathways year-round and 2) biological charcoal (aka biochar) is added to the soil as an amendment to increase carbon storage in the ground. These strategies are based on how plants take in carbon dioxide and use it for photosynthesis and how plant communities, together with soils, eectively store carbon. The planting strategy is informed by Great Plains Prairie and Boreal Conifer Forest functions but does not exactly replicate those ecosystems. Instead, it is a hybrid "Piney Grassland" constructed for success in the urban realm and to take advantage of the best carbon storage mechanisms of both ecosystem types. The curbs around the median are painted bright pink to clearly mark the site with a bold line. Pink light posts create a landmark and provide data that teaches the public about how much carbon is sequestered onsite.
Flow and Glow
Project Type: Public Art Installation, Interactive Art, Digital Media
Flow and Glow is an interactive art installation inspired by the geology of Texas Hill Country springs. Designed and installed to mimic large boulders in the headwaters of Central Texas rivers, the installation glows from underneath. The glow is activated by flows of people. As crowds stream around and through the installation, the glow of the boulder sculptures changes colors.
PROJECT TYPE: Land Art Installation, Environmental Site Art
LOCATION: Santa Rosa Island, Florida
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A temporary land art installation that uses hand-dyed Sisal to mark the outlines of a dry dune pond. Dune Drawings lays down linework by repeatedly wrapping the natural fibers of hand-dyed sisal rope around the gradient of silt deposits in the sand. Marking the silt deposits shows the varying levels of water inundation as the dune lake fills with water and dries up over time.
An essay and images about this project are published in Issue 05 of Ground Up Journal, a University of California- Berkeley publication by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. You can purchase a copy here.
PROJECT TYPE: Public Art Proposal
A night-time spectacle, Moon Mist is a light and water sculpture in the form of a crescent moon.
PROJECT TYPE: Land Art Installation, Environmental Site Art
LOCATION: Morrison Springs, Ponce De Leon, Florida
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A temporary installation made out of pink string, Swamp Lines creates a datum line for looking into the buttressed Cypress and Tupelo tree trunks beyond. The string was temporarily wrapped around three Nyssa aquatica (Water Tupelo) trees along the swamp margin of a natural aquifer spring. Looking through the string datum reveals the marked water levels on the trunks of the spring margin trees where they are exposed to varying levels of water inundation.