Faith Purvey + 29th Street Park neighborhood kids = “Refoundation”

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Minneapolis artist Faith Purvey worked throughout the month of July with the neighborhood kids in the park at 29th Street and Melvina in Milwaukee making fort structures for “Refoundation,” an interactive public art project commissioned by Milwaukee arts organization “In: Site.”  “Reformation” is a great example of impermanent public sculpture that represents activity, excitement and engagement, and at the end of the month every fort goes home with the kid that made it. I attended the final celebration today because I wanted to see the little village of forts the kids made. I got a hot dog,”orange drink,” rap poetry and gospel music too. It was great.  Nice work Purvey. Nice work “In:Site.”

For more information on this project and its evolution see Pegi Christiansen’s blog post about it.

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs is the director of galleries and curator of exhibitions at Jamestown Community College in Western New York. She writes the blog "Scene Unseen: Viewing Notes" about visual art in her community.

One Response to Faith Purvey + 29th Street Park neighborhood kids = “Refoundation”

  1. Kathleen Laybourn says:

    This is really cool! Working with youth is so rewarding. It helps them to envision/re-envision possibilities–to construct something formidable that can express their own ideas, interests or dreams really makes a positive impact on them. They will always remember this experience. I especially liked the Barber Shop/Bakery.

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