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Art Ports Allow More Options for Public Art

This new products proposes infrastructural necessities of public art be decoupled from the work, and instead be a part of the Active Transportation landscape. This manifests in flexible, reusable, foundational footings designed with temporary and permanent public art opportunities in mind.

by American Trails Staff

Our cities are living, breathing extensions of our species, and as we evolve, so do the places we live. Our urban landscapes get smarter, cleaner, and more innovative as we do. We build living walls and digital wayfinding systems, we have scenic walkways that encourage green transport and we have more expansive public transportation. Our daily paths that move through and around the structures we build, continue to change as our cities change. Studio Capacitor believes these spaces of Active Transportation are where society truly sees itself, and as such are canvases worthy of both sharp critique and bold experimentation.

As our buildings stretch higher and roads creep wider, it is our responsibility to maintain the beauty and creativity essential to our humanity. This is where public art comes into play, evoking social commentary and beauty amongst our industrial structures. One of the largest hurdles for artists and cities alike, resides in the logistical aspects of a public art project. Often, public art projects require large chunks of time, money and effort to engineer the structural stability, and overall durability, in the foundational footing alone.

We propose that the infrastructural necessities of public art be decoupled from the work, and instead be a part of the Active Transportation landscape. This manifests in flexible, reusable foundational footings, designed with temporary and permanent public art opportunities in mind. By creating these Art Ports, it allows for more of the budget to be invested in the actual artwork itself, and allows for dynamic, revolving art programs.

By streamlining the public art process in this manner, it allows cities to invest in cultivating their art scene and the overall culture within urban places. This in turn enhances the livability and the experiences people have within that city.

The standardized format, materials and simple design allow for easy, low-cost assembly and reproduction. For more information about the design of the Art Port and how to use one in your city please visit https://www.studiocapacitor.co...

Testimonials:

Stephanie Inman
Treasure Valley based, national accredited public artist :
"I like it. Make it simple, make it mainstream. I can think of a bunch of places and organizations that would benefit from this, developers and artists."

Ken McCall
Treasure Valley based, national accredited public artist :
"The fact that the attachment system of the Art Port is simple, means that the City or a contractor, can easily install the work. This can be a huge cost savings for the artist, if they can simply ship the work to the location, and don't need to travel there themselves."

Published May 18, 2021

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