How Designers Transformed a Memphis Park into a Public Oasis
“A can’t miss design team.” That’s how Carol Coletta, Memphis River Parks Partnership president and CEO, describes the ensemble responsible for reinvigorating the city’s 31-acre Tom Lee Park, named after the Black levee worker who, in 1925, while steering his skiff up the Mississippi, rescued 32 people from a capsized riverboat, himself not knowing how to swim, but wasn’t dedicated to Lee until 1954, two years after his death. Over the decades, the flat ¾-mile stretch had become arid and lifeless. That is until women-led firms Studio Gang and Scape, and Black artists Theaster Gates and James Little came upon the scene. Among Jeanne Gang and team’s contribution as master planner and architect is the Sunset Canopy, an expansive community-activity pavilion of locally sourced glulam supported by steel “quad pods,” which nod to the riverfront’s industrial past, all anchored by a vibrant floorwork by Little. Other forms of life—30,000 yards of sod, thousands of native trees and plants, myriad pollinators, undulating hills—are the work of Scape’s Kate Orff and her crew of landscape architects. A few verdant steps away from all the buzz is Gates’s meditative installation of 33 monumental stone stools—one for Lee and everyone he saved.
Erwin Wurm Unveils New Works at Yorkshire Sculpture Park
With another installation this summer, Erwin Wurm has once again inserted thought-provoking contemporary sculptures in a centuries-old setting.
Yasmin Spiro’s Latest Installation in Chicago Fosters Community
Groundation, an installation by Yasmin Spiro at the Arts Club of Chicago through October 7, comprises seven panels of hemplike polypropylene rope.
Wayfinding Symbols in Barcelona Double as Street Art—Literally
Arauna Studio employs “tactical urbanism,” stencil-painting recognizable motifs on the street to serve as pedestrian navigation aids in Barcelona.
Experience Damascus Room at the L.A. County Museum of Art
Damascus Room, an 18th-century, 300-square-foot chamber imported from Syria, debuts as an installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
View a Towering Installation in Spain Made of Silk
Years of research into the structural potential of standard textiles transformed silk into a towering installation in Spain by Paloma Cañizares Office.
10 Questions With… IIDA’s Ronnie Belizaire
Ronnie Belizaire, president of IIDA’s 2023-2024 Board of Directors, discusses her career journey and IIDA’s role in advocating for workplace equity.