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CONCEPT PROPOSALS for Syracuse's Connective Corridor
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The Connective Corridor is a PARTNERSHIP between Syracuse University, the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County based on best practices in community revitalization and creative placemaking.  It is also a PLACE along a free bus route connecting the main campus of Syracuse University and the heart of downtown Syracuse.  An exciting public art project has been announced to provide 6 to 10 public art pieces along this corridor with a budget of $650,000.  In response to a request for qualifications and concepts, 276 artists from 17 countries have submitted applications.  16 semi-finalist artists have been selected and will be interviewed to determine the final selection of project artists.
           
19 locations along the corridor were suggested as priority sites for the public art, though anywhere along the corridor would be an acceptable site.   I submitted concept ideas for 9 of these sites plus one that was suggested by a community member.  See concepts below.

The Connective Corridor Bus Route
 
See photos of suggested public art locations keyed to the map above by clicking here.

10 DESIGN CONCEPTS/design sketch proposals for 10 locations along the Connective Corridor in Syracuse, NY.
  Click on images below for site photos and more
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Standing Tall
 Armory Square Entry Park - Site 1
 
CONCEPT:    Provide  a “Standing Tall” type community  totem in the grassy area symbolizing  a community united in its stand for a vital, thriving world that works for everyone.




Study for the MOST

 The Museum of Science and Technology - Site 4

CONCEPT:  Create a forest as a symbol of the diverse and wondrous natural world that science seeks to explore and that we can learn from to inform our technology.





The Urban Landscape - A Place of Connection
 The City Center - Site 6 

CONCEPT:   To create a symbol of the city as a place of connection with a vertical form with a minimal footprint.   Topped off with symbol of the Red House Theater which will have its new home within the City Center.

Garage Facade in Bank Alley

 Onondaga Towers Facade in Bank Alley - Site 8

CONCEPT:  With a wall sculpture, that shows in a suggestive way that there is human activity in the space behind this wall.

Wall Drawing on the Parking Garage

 Parking Garage Facade Facing the Pocket Park at South Warren and West Fayette Streets - Site 10

CONCEPT:     Paint a colorful Sol LeWitt type wall drawing guided by the structure and perhaps including images of parked vehicles to suggest the building use as well as people.

Nurturing The Next Generation
  
 The Pocket Park at South Warren and West Fayette Streets - Site 11

CONCEPT:   A free standing sculpture symbolizing  a community nurturing the next generation.   The adults standing on each other’s shoulders provides a structure of support  - an environment conducive to a playful engagement with the world.   This sculpture could be 3 modules high in lieu of the 2 shown in center photo. 

Romeo and Juliet

 The Syracuse Civic Center - Site 15

CONCEPT:   The goal is, with a minimal wall sculpture, to portray the drama of the theater with 2 characters – one on a balcony and the other a level below.  Could it be Romeo and Juliet?

The City as a  place of connection
 AXA Towers Courtyard - Site 16 

CONCEPT:   Creating a symbol of the city as a place of connection – a rectilinear scheme that is congruent with the paving pattern of the courtyard as well as with the surrounding architecture.

Joining Together/ Peering from High Windows

 NYNEX Building Facade - Site 18

CONCEPTS:  A wall sculpture symbolizing a community joining together to make a better place for all.  Alternate CONCEPT : have folks peering out windows  in a suggestion of what’s behind that solid brick wall.

Family Celebration

 The Garden at Grace Church - Site 20

CONCEPT:   A celebration of community and family and the blessings of both.


For more information on the Connective Corridor see the Connective Corridor Website
For info on the 16 semi-finalists see the Syracuse New Times article.  This includes artist's websites

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 1983/2015 by Peter W. Michel                Posted 04-29-15   updated  05-03-15
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 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780 peter@petermichel.com