(provisional) Park

2015

(provisional) Park was a project that temporarily transformed a Chicago gallery into a public park during the winter when official public parks are less accessible due to the weather.

In the month (provisional) Park was open, it adopted the same policies of use as Chicago City Parks. That is, it was open daily to the public from 6AM-11PM as a nonprescriptive space for play and leisure. The indoor park space was created by temporarily borrowing houseplants from over 100 participants in the city. The plants were labeled with the names of their respective neighborhoods and were installed on pedestals built from donated furniture.

The project also served as a free venue for community members to stage other short-term projects, such as readings, concerts, and classes. The collectively generated installation increased access to what is normally only a quasi-public space. The project thus emphasized the gallery’s potential to be a space that adapts to the needs of its community.

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