TRIADA SAMARAS


c. Triada Samaras, 2012, Business Card designed by CORD  for Free Public Place, Digital Photograph

Above:  Free Public Place Digital Photo 2012 Courtesy Will Pappenheimer Text Triada Samaras

Above:   c. Triada Samaras, 2012, Poster for Free Public Place, Digital Photograph

An on-going, interactive, community engaged art project for Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn investigating the ideas of:  public voice, public dream, and public place by Triada Samaras with Carroll Gardens CORD/Coalition for Respectful Development.
Free Public Place was featured at the Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space/Play Space exhibition 2012.

Description of Project: A series of public mural-making workshops and an interactive Facebook page that encourages the public/viewer to participate in a civic brainstorming and art making/documentation process that will consider the possible future of Public Place for community use.

Background: Public Place is a 5.9 acre, highly contaminated brownfield, located along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. This site was the home of a manufactured gas plant that converted coal gas for use in buildings, and elsewhere. Manufactured gas production creates very toxic materials notably coal tars that seep into the ground and do not degrade with time. In the late 19th and early 20thcenturies, careless handling practices lead to significant contamination of the Public Place area and general ignorance of the problem once the facilities had been demolished. Public Place is/was public land located in a densely populated and rapidly developing area in Brooklyn that has little or no green space for its growing number of families and residents. Moreover, this area, with its close proximity to the BQE,  Hamilton Ave, the entrance to the Battery Tunnel, and the overhead subway tracks, suffers from increasing air and other types of pollution due to the surrounding urban density. is/was public land located in a densely populated and rapidly developing area in Brooklyn that has little or no green space for its growing number of families and residents. The City of NY favors dense housing at Public Place.  What do YOU want to see happen at Public Place after the Superfund cleanup?
Please visit and help our Facebook page to both brainstorm and create at http://www.facebook.com/freepublicplace.
Or send us your ideas to cgcord@gmail.com
Triada Samaras and CORD http://carrollgardenspetition.blogspot.com/2012/03/interdisciplinary-artist-triada-samaras.html
For more info see Pardon Me for Asking http://pardonmeforasking.blogspot.com/2012/04/dreaming-big-community-envisions-true.html

Project:  FREE PUBLIC PLACE 

Above c. Triada Samaras, 2012, Button designed by CORD for Free Public Place, Digital Photograph