Place Making: Installations at Hayes and Octavia

Museum of Craft and Design Newsletter, August 2011

The Museum of Craft and Design’s third pop-up museum is in Hayes Valley, a small neighborhood near San Francisco’s City Hall. MCD has partnered with Proxy, a temporary two-block construct that creates a vibrant focal point for commerce and community.

In Place Making: Installations at Hayes and Octavia, local artists and architects have been invited to use the architectural themes of Proxy, namely transparency, layering and light, to create a site that encourages public engagement and interaction.

In the first month-long installment, from July 17th to August 17th, artist Andy Vogt has used recycled lath, a thin, narrow strip of straight-grained wood used to surface walls in early San Francisco architecture, to create a sculpture through a 56-foot by 20-foot chain link fence. Vogt told SF Weekly, “[The fence] is the essence of the piece, because it can be either inviting or repelling. My idea is to create a sort of window that will make you want to come in.”

In the next installment starting on August 21st, “place-maker” Jesse Schlesigner will design a plant and sculpture garden that will evolve over the month through a series of community-based projects.

Beginning on September 17th, architects Nataly Gattengo and Jason Kelly Johnson of Future Cities Lab will craft the site into an interactive seating installation, filled with portals to let in views and light.

The artists will use processes that foster the creation of vital public destinations where people feel a strong community connection.


Fat On Club Life

Excerpt, From The Oregon Voice

How to develop your own club mentality:

Pick an Acronym. It doesn’t need to make sense to anyone but you. It can add credibility by showing that its members not only know the alphabet, but that they took the time to discuss it.

Choose an ideology. Love and hate are always the easiest option for club formation because they have a way of bringing people together, in case that wasn’t already obvious in the election.

Set Guidelines. Now that you have developed your concept, guidelines will help you stay focused on your objective. Even if you decide your guideline is to have no guidelines, it is always good to know if someone needs to bring a deli-meat platter or distribute educational pamphlets. However, never be afraid to break the rules- nothing is fun when it’s absolute.

Invite Guests. Invite your weak, your bored, your procrastinating friends as your club grows in popularity. It can increase the excitement and attract publicity.

Clean up. This is Oregon after all, and its residents love dirt and trees more than people. So to get them off your case you need to clean up after yourself. The NWC, an eating contest club, provided its competitors with trash bags for any unpredictable digestive malfunctions.

Document. Don’t be the last person in the world without a website or blog. There are thousands of people out there that have nothing better to do with their time than to see what you do with yours. Let them live vicariously through you. Pictures are also essential to the growth of your club. When you’re old, you can prove to your grandchildren how crazy and cool you were, with fewer repercussions than a sagging tattoo.