Mayor Fischer Unveils Inaugural Project of Louisville Metro’s Public Art Initiative
Mayor Greg Fischer today unveiled the inaugural project of Louisville Metro’s Public Art Initiative, Connect|Disconnect: A Public Art Experience. The exhibition of five, site-specific installations was created in partnership with Louisville Forward the Commission on Public Art to promote the understanding and enjoyment of public art in Louisville. Connect|Disconnect is located on the Louisville Loop along the waterfront between 8th and 12th Streets.
“Building opportunities for the arts and creative industries, and investing in people and neighborhoods are critical to our city’s quality of life and quality of place,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “This project exemplifies both of these priorities, and is an important step toward building a nationally recognized public art program.”
The exhibition is located in a unique area of Louisville where transportation networks (river, highway, rail and trail) dominate the view, and where the industrial past gives way to a peaceful, repurposed future as part of Waterfront Park Phase IV.
“Connect|Disconnect uses a portion of our Louisville Loop as a temporary art walk,” said Sarah Lindgren, Public Art Administrator with Louisville Forward. “Each installation is unique to Louisville and was created to tell our story.”
The six nationally-renowned artists participating in the exhibition were selected by the Commission on Public Art. Exhibition artists, along with the name and description of their artwork, include:
- Mary Carothers – Beneath the Surface
Over 2,000 door knobs affixed to rods of various heights are arranged into a flowing topography. A collection of community doorknobs has been cast into porcelain to acknowledge the white clay of the Ohio River as well as the riverfront’s forgotten stories.
- Jenny Kendler – Field of Vision: A Garden for Others
A work combining science and aesthetics focuses on wildflowers and their crucial role in supporting pollinators, conservation and the ecosystem.
- Mark Reigelman II – Upriver/Downriver
Barrel stacks the size of mountains lined early Louisville’s riverfront as they were portaged around the Falls of the Ohio, containing everything from bourbon to gold, and are reimagined in this installation to symbolize transport, industry and growth.
- Jean Shin – Anthropocene Fossils
Inspired by ancient fossil beds, this installation imagines fossils of the future focused on today’s consumer waste and items swept down the river.
- SIMPARCH (Steven Badgett and Matt Lynch) –River Monument (glomus)
This cluster of driftwood and other debris built on an elevated framework illustrates the power and unpredictability of the Ohio River.
The exhibition is free and open to the public, with periodic live and interactive events planned to complement the artworks and encourage visitors to experience the exhibit, including:
- With City Collaborative, Connect|Disconnect will host the popular ReSurfaced initiative at this site.
- Working with the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Connect|Disconnect is pleased to offer family and curriculum guides throughout the exhibition period. KMAC curriculum guides can be downloaded at www.kmacmuseum.com.
- Thanks to Mission Data, Louisville’s Connect|Disconnect can be experienced from anywhere in the world by downloading the Otocast app for iPhone and Android devices. Otocast is a free GPS-based app that contains images, text, and audio, serving as a personal tour guide.
The exhibition is a public/private partnership, with generous support from the following sponsors: artwithoutwalls/Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson, Hardscuffle, Inc., Alfred Shands, An Anonymous Donor, Pro Communications, Waterfront Development Corporation, University of Louisville Hite Art Institute, Mission Data, INhouse, Louisville Downtown Partnership, and Adkins Export Packing and Machinery Movers.
In addition, special thanks to donors who supported the exhibition through the Public Space Art Fund and power2give.org.
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Additional information may be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/connectdisconnect