Two art projects that are kind of cousins caught my attention as tools for small towns.
First is from reader Doug Mackenzie. It’s metal sign that, if you stand in the right place and line up the courthouse in the center, it shows the other historic buildings from the town of Marshall, North Carolina. (See the photo above.)
Any small town could make a similar metal sign to show former local landmarks, or just how things have changed over the years. Good for residents and visitors alike.
Second is from Witt Siasoco, called the Mobile Tracing Unit. It invites people to trace the outline of an actual building in their neighborhood of Minneapolis. (See the photo below.) Learn more about it at Drawing on Minneapolis.
I tried it out at the recent AMIBA Conference. I found it clever and engaging. It’s a way to get people thinking and talking about the buildings in their neighborhood, a not-scary tool for getting local people involved in planning.
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