The following press release was submitted by the Medfield Cultural District Committee.
The Medfield Cultural District Committee is pleased to announce the second and final installation of the community art project Visions and Voices in the pocket park between Zebra’s and Starbucks.
During Medfield Day, a chalkboard kiosk was set up in the park for visitors to write their ideas for the park. Medfield photographer Connie Thomson took portraits of visitors which were then printed poster sized. These paper portraits are now temporarily installed along the sidewalk through the park to further capture public interest in this public space. The posters are adhered with a natural wheat paste and the paper will be completely removed within a few weeks; the duration is weather dependent.
Project Coordinator Jean Mineo says, “This project provided a way for people to reflect on their community and share their ideas publicly. Over 150 comments were left on the chalkboards during the two weeks they were left in the park.”
The portraits are part of the global on-line art project Inside Out, a creation of the artist JR, recipient of the 2011 TED prize.
Medfield Selectmen are appointing a Steering Committee to manage a public planning process over the winter. Anyone interested in participating in planning workshops can contact Jean Mineo at JeanMineo@aol.com or 508-242-9991 for more information.
Visions and Voices is supported in part by donations from Will’s Hardware and Photographs by Connie Thomson.