HOW CAN PARKS AND ARTS BE INTERRELATED?
Nowadays, infrastructure keeps developing and the cities keep expanding. Given that fact, a lot of innovative spaces with numerous conveniences replace, what once used to be, traditional communal spaces, such as parks.
Today, as based on the example of the local parks of Lousville, Kentucky, parks primarily serve as a place for sports related activities. However, parks can be more than just athletics! The natural beauty of the parks can serve as a great inspiration for creating and sharing art work too! The glamorous exhibitions of the museums can be presented through the innovative panels called “light-city panels”, where the artwork can displayed after being digitally scanned, while the live performances of actors, musicians, or dancers can be shared to the public at the outdoor amphitheater.
CHEROKEE PARK – REROUTING TO THE ARTS
Taking Cherokee Park of the historic district of Louisville, Kentucky as a model for possible reorganization of the park, the following facilities are going to be implemented into it: AMPHITHEATER and VISUAL ART AREA.
Amphitheater is going to be a place in the form of the stage that is going to serve people as a platform for both practicing their skills and performing their final projects.
Visual Arts Area will be presented in the form of the “open-air studio” with the exhibitions being presented through the city-light panels after being digitally scanned.
In addition to the Visual Arts Area and the Amphitheater, the new sitting areas are going to be installed to ensure a place for relaxation and enjoyment of the art work.
MAIN GOALS OF THIS PROJECT:
MAKE ACCESS TO ARTS MORE AFFORDABLE AN EASY
PROMOTE OUTSIDE ACTIVITIES
INTERCONNECT NATURE AND ARTS
PROVIDE A SPACE TO ENCOURAGE SOCIALIZATION
WORK IN PROGRESS or THE STAGES OF THE PROJECT
1). Client interviews (getting to know perspectives of of the park potential visitors on the project and acquiring any suggestions that would influence the placement of the facilities and/or their design)
2). Cite Analysis (exploration of the space for the project)
3). Inspirational ideas (set of photographs that help generate the design of the facilities, the materials to use, etc.)
4). Preliminary organization of space (diagrams displaying location of the Amphitheater and Visual Arts Area in accordance with the park)
5). Floor Plan Drawing (the primary planning of the , the diagrams of the floor plan give insight to the practicality of space)
6). Design Development (sketches of the exterior view of the facilities)
7). 3-Model of the project
Do you think that installation of the Amphitheater or the Visual Arts area, could, possibly, interfere with the overall atmosphere of the park? Or it depends on the design of the structure and the scale of it?
Yes, I think, it can possibly, interfere, if it is located at the wrong spot, of if it is too big, but other than that, if it is designed correctly, it should not bother people.
Are there any specific aspects that you think are necessary to keep unchanged in the park when implementing any changes?
I think that if the construction will involve taking down trees people might oppose it.
Do you think some local artists or school/ college students would be interested in participating at the rotating visual art exhibitions at the park where their works would be digitally scanned and presented through light panels? Do you think that people who are not so interested in art could, possibly, oppose it?
Yes, I think, that people will be interested; especially, as seen at schools, people involved in athletics always get recognized, but it does not go the same way to people involved with arts, so I think, that it would be a great idea for students.
The entire territory of the park represents 409-acre, but based on the fact that the park is primarily valued for its direct connection to the wild nature, the spaces for the projected Amphitheater and Visual Arts Area are limited.
The picture on the left, which represents the Baringer Hill, is going to be the potential space for the Amphitheater. Placing the Amphitheater at the elevation will provide a good observance of the stage at the same time as highlight natural reliefs of the park.
The picture on the right represents a downhill of the Baringer Hill where the Visual Arts Area is going to take place. The rear view of the image which shows “woods area” is the area where the city-light panels are going to be installed (no trees are going to be taken down though).
PRELIMINARY ORGANIZATION OF SPACE
FLOOR PLAN DRAWINGS:
Image on the left represents the front view of the Amphitheater with the seating areas to the left and to the right of it.
The middle picture represents a side-view of the Amphitheater which helps to reveal the structure of it as well as its position in accordance to the ground.
The final image represents the Visual Arts Area, where the front of the image is represented by the canopy entrance, and the rear view represents city-light panels and the walkways in between.
Images above represent a simplified mini-version of the project. The image on the right represents a sideways close-up view of the Amphitheater with the sitting-area in the form of bleachers and the canopy to the left, which actually serves as an entrance towards the Visual Arts Area. The image on the right represents the project as whole with the front view representing the Visual Arts Area and the city-light panels, the canopy entrance in between the Amphitheater and the Visual Arts Area, and the Amphitheater at the rear view.
IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF THE PROJECT
Throughout the description of the project, the emphasis was given towards explaining two main parts of the project, the Amphitheater and the Visual Arts Area; however, besides those two main components of the project, there are also couple more important elements that need to be further explained: CITY – LIGHT PANELS AND THE SITTING – AREA
The image on the left represents a city-light panel in the urban setting. The city-light panels are usually used as devices for commercial advertisements; however, for this project, the idea is to use the city-light panels to “advertise art” through digitally scanning art works of either school students or emerging artists to give them opportunity to show off their work as well as provide opportunities to the visitors of the park to have a piece of art enjoyment that does not require a fee or a drive to one of the downtown museums.
Image on the right represents an example of the sitting-area taken from the Koper Central Park located in Koper, Slovenia. As seen from the example above, the sitting-area is leaning towards one of the hills, creating an illusion that those bleachers are in fact a part of the topography. The similar effect of interconnection between facilities of the park and its nature is the goal of this project as well; therefore, choice of the type of the sitting-area was given towards this example.
IS THERE FUTURE FOR THIS PROJECT?
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