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Public Art Salon

Friday by Claudia Paraschiv

J and Azia explore the millstone at The Cornerstone

J and Azia explore the millstone at The Cornerstone

Last Friday’s Public Art Salon was quiet but playful. I had just finished an eight hour class at the Boston Architectural College where we took new students to explore the city as a learning laboratory and I was tired. I took the opportunity to simply focus on stories for the Story Corner project where people write down a short memory that occurred somewhere in Four Corners. We will then photograph the location, create postcards with the image and narrative, and distribute them to local merchants to share these neighborhood stories far and wide.

We collected four lovely stories on Friday. In the next couple weeks, we will be going out in the neighborhood and photographing these locations to evoke some of the joy, nostalgia, and resiliency expressed by their narrators. Do you have a 4C story you’d like to write? Please contact us! Below are four stories from last Friday:

 

Eric writes of who was next door to The Cornerstone decades ago

Eric writes of who was next door to The Cornerstone decades ago

Kenneth writes of love found in an everyday neighborhood place

Kenneth writes of love found in an everyday neighborhood place

Egobudike writes of transforming tragedy into love and mission

Egobudike writes of transforming tragedy into love and mission

Mariah writes of her favorite convenience store, Sandy’s Variety Store

Mariah writes of her favorite convenience store, Sandy’s Variety Store

Saturday by Azia Carle

Inspired by reclaiming unused chairs, Mechelle heads the creation of the sign that captures the essence of the transformation from unused to useful and beautiful!

Inspired by reclaiming unused chairs, Mechelle heads the creation of the sign that captures the essence of the transformation from unused to useful and beautiful!

Early in the afternoon Azia was able to revisit two of the local businesses both representing the island of the Dominican Republic. En route, she spent some time with Aziza, Artist in Transit, while she set up for T-Stop Meal at the bus shelter next to the new Seats of Power + Codex 4 Corners bench.  Then she continued her mission.

The first business she returned to was Xclusive Barbershop. After reintroducing the focus and goal of the project, Azia was able to show her sketch for the design of the chair. Although the design was well received the shop owner was cautious about moving forward with the painting without the opinions of his partner.

Azia then moved on to speak with the owners of Santo Domingo a local Restaurant in the community. She again reintroduced the project and showcased her sketches but the owner felt that he could not dedicate the time necessary to create a design for the chair for his business. He agreed to meet with Azia later in the week to develop the design further.

Back on DAC plaza at 157 Washington Street, the priming continued on the chairs, while young participants painted chairs on brown paper. More to come!

Join Azia, Mechelle, and Cadieja on DAC Plaza every Saturday from 11am – 2pm at the Public Art Salon: Roots of 4 Corners!

All photos are credited to our4corners