Category: Public Art

Artist Randy Walker selected to create Innovation Cornerstone

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Minneapolis artist Randy Walker has been selected to design and create the Innovation Cornerstone (NE) at the corner of Lindsay Street and Murrow Boulevard.  Randy's work has a relationship to both textiles and innovative play.  Click here to see examples of his work and bio. Timeline for construction of the cornerstone:  Randy will return to Greensboro, June 3-5, 2015 for a series of meetings to learn more about the community to further inform his design for the Innovation Cornerstone.  He will present a formal proposal for the site in July and then begin construction of the piece after approval.  Anticipated installation of the artwork and completion of the site no later than Spring 2016.

Innovation Cornerstone Artists Coming to Greensboro

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Four finalists for the Innovation Cornerstone (NE) will visit Greensboro to share ideas for the next cornerstone on the Downtown Greenway. Each finalist will come to Greensboro for a 3 day visit and will participate in a public presentation of their work and public meeting to get feedback from the community. All public meetings will be at Action Greensboro (203 South Church St) from 5:30-6:30 pm. See public meeting schedule below. For more information, contact Dabney Sanders at dsanders@actiongreensboro.org.

Call to Artists for Innovation Cornerstone

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The Downtown Greenway continues to move forward with a Call to Artists for the design of a Public Art Cornerstone and Accessible Playground, including site design, at the Innovation Cornerstone site at the corner of Lindsay and Murrow Boulevard. Action Greensboro is seeking submissions of interest and qualifications from professional Artists who currently reside in the United States who will work with their own Artist-led Team to design, fabricate and install the third of four major public art cornerstones to be commissioned for the Downtown Greenway.  The deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm on December 5, 2014.  For more information about the Call to Artists, please click here.  Direct questions to Barbara Peck, Greenway Public Art Consultant, at jbpeck@mac.com.

Volunteers helping to maintain Greenway Edible Orchard

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Greenway volunteers came out on a Saturday morning in June to learn how to prune, weed, and water the vegetation at Meeting Place at Tradition Cornerstone with the guidance of local organic gardening expert Charlie Headington.  A rotating group of volunteers have committed to helping maintain the edible orchard every two weeks through the fall.  Interested in helping?  Contact Laura Lorenz at llorenz@actiongreensboro.org or 336.387.8355.

Downtown Greenway is on Pinterest and Foursquare

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The Downtown Greenway has joined Pinterest and Foursquare.  Go to http://www.pinterest.com/downtwngreenway/ and pin some of the cool Downtown Greenway art and site furnishings. Then go to Foursquare at https://foursquare.com/downtwngreenway to find all the great art along the Downtown Greenway.

Roof Raised on Tradition Cornerstone

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Over 50 people attended the ‘roof raising’ of the Meeting Place structure onto the Tradition Cornerstone site located at the corner of Smith and Prescott Streets in December.  Lajos Heder, one of the artists from Harries + Heder Collaborative was on site to supervise the placing of the roof onto the structure. A Big Belly solar-powered trash receptacle and drinking fountain have since been installed at the site.  Work continues on the site and depending on the weather, plans are to have the site completed by the end of March 2014-just in time for Spring! This will be a great site for picnics, family gatherings, birthday parties, and a place to have lunch during your workday.  Look for an upcoming announcement for the ribbon cutting.  We hope to see you there!

Tradition Cornerstone Under Construction!

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The Tradition Cornerstone is now under construction!  Developed by artists Mags Harries & Lajos Heder, the second of four cornerstones along the Downtown Greenway is located at the intersection of Smith & Spring Streets in the northwest corner of the 4-mile loop.  Work has begun and will continue through March 2014.   Click here for photos and more information about the design and fabrication process.

The Comment Period Has Ended: However, you can still view the plans for Phase 2 & the Tradition Cornerstone!

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The comment period has ended; however you can still view the plans for the 50% design of Phase 2 and the Tradition Cornerstone. To review the 50% design plans for Phase 2, please click each document below: Phase 2 Plans-Exhibit 1 Phase 2 Plans-Exhibit 2 Rendering of Phase 2 To view the design of the Tradition Cornerstone by Harries & Héder, click here. If you have questions, please contact Dabney Sanders, Project Manager, at dsanders@actiongreensboro.org.  

Put a Little Downtown Greenway in Your Garden

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With April coming to a close, this weekend is a good time to sneak in some last minute plants and flowers.  Greensboro’s permaculture expert and Downtown Greenway consultant Charlie Headington offers a few ideas to feed the "thieves" and other beneficial insects needed to maintain a healthy organic garden. "Some for the thieves, some for the birds, and some for us," Charlie says.  "Beneficial insects manage the not-so-beneficial insects, or insects that we don't want.  In an organic garden, you let insects manage other insects." Butterfly Garden Butterfly Bush - attracts the yellow swallowtail butterfly Butterfly Weed - a bright orange flower, which attracts monarch butterflies Pawpaw Tree - produces edible fruit, which attracts the zebra swallowtail butterfly Ground cover plants that attract beneficial insects Ajuga Stonecrop Strawberry Pennyroyal White clover (attracts honeybees for clover honey) Hide a fence or garden wall Trumpet honeysuckle (for the hummingbirds) [caption id="attachment_1816" align="alignright" width="300"] Charlie Headington's plans for the West Smith and Prescott Streets' cornerstone orchard.[/caption] These plants and flowers will be included in the proposed orchard and garden design that Charlie created for the West Smith and Prescott Street area near the Greenway.  Read the Greensboro News & Record article on the garden’s planned design and for more information about the planned sculptures and seating area designed by Boston, MA, architects Mags Harries and Lajos Héder. Learn more about Permaculture Gardening with Charlie Headington.  Charlie is hosting a Permaculture Gardening Workshop on Saturday, April 27.  To register, email charlie.headington@gmail.com.

We Want Your Input on the 50% Design of Phase 2 & the Tradition Cornerstone!

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If you were unable to attend the Public Meetings on April 10 and 11, you still have a chance to share your thoughts about the 50% Design Plans for Phase 2 (Murrow Boulevard and Lee Street to Fisher/Greene) and on the proposed design of the Tradition Cornerstone by Harries & Héder.  Click here to take the survey.  Comments can be submitted online through Friday, April 26.  We appreciate your input! To review the 50% design plans for Phase 2, please click each document below: Phase 2 Plans-Exhibit 1 Phase 2 Plans-Exhibit 2 Rendering of Phase 2 To view the design of the Tradition Cornerstone by Harries & Héder, click here. If you have questions, please contact Dabney Sanders, Project Manager, at dsanders@actiongreensboro.org.