Ground Floor (Morning glory on SPURA). Photo: Dina Weiss
Artists Alliance Inc, in collaboration with artist Dina Weiss, is proud to present Ground Floor, a participatory art project that explores potential uses for the ground floor of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area (SPURA) as untapped capital in the Lower East Side. Taking place during the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival, Ground Floor will provide visitors with a forum for brainstorming, discussion, mapping, and collaborative art-making.
Ground Floor participants are invited to join expert-led walking tours to several SPURA sites, take self-guided tours, and contribute photos documenting the existing renewal sites, along with their own ideas for new development on the sites. Festival participants are encouraged to post their images to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, using the hashtag #SPURArt to share their vision with others and tap into a virtual community discussion. Other participatory components include: open discussions at the AAI StreetFest meeting table and the Delancey Pedestrian Plaza, chalk drawings at location sites, and an art project recreating the naturally growing morning glory flowers that cover the fencing surrounding the renewal site.
Take a guided tour through the Lower East Side of the SPURA renewal sites, led by architect and Lower East Side resident Guido Hartray. Tours will conclude at the Delancey Pedestrian Plaza, the SPURA site above the proposed Lowline, a subterranean public park that would utilize the historic trolley terminal beneath Delancey street.
Tours will be begin at 12 and 3 PM, meeting at Artists Alliance Inc’s StreetFest table (on Bowery between Houston & Stanton) and ending at the Delancey Pedestrian Plaza (131 Delancey Street). Ground Floor tours are presented in partnership with The Lowline and Municipal Arts Society’s Jane’s Walks.
A very special thank you to artist Dina Weiss for bringing her project and vision to our organization and Guido Hartray for his leadership on the guided tours. We would also like to thank our staff and dedicated volunteers who have made this event possible, along with our collaborators: New Museum, The Lowline, LES BID, Municipal Art Society.