Mary Miss: FLOW & Broadway: 1000 Steps

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In my search for something else, I happened upon Mary Miss’s exhibit at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) last fall, FLOW: Can You See the River? Mary Miss is a New York based artist who has been combining sculpture, landscape architecture, and installation art with the issues of our time, since the 1970s. Making environmental and social sustainability into tangible experiences is a primary goal. In FLOW, Miss reveals important elements of the White River water system through a series of mirror and red dot installations at stopping points along the river, engaging and educating visitors.

Upon visiting Miss’s website I learned of a similar interesting project coming to NYC in 2013 — Broadway: 1000 Steps.

Interactive environment and social sustainability exhibit on the streets of NYC, 2013, Mary Miss, installation artUsing a similar mirror system to the one used in FLOW, Broadway: 1000 Steps is an initiative to establish Broadway as the new “green corridor” of NYC. Twenty hubs along the length of Broadway will make planned sustainability initiatives tangible to passers-by. A test Hub last September at 137th Street attracted the attention of several universities who are now participating in conducting research that will be included in the future hubs’ contents.:

Undergraduate and graduate students from these schools are conducting research that will inform hub content, mapping each of the hubs, collecting photos and relevant images, and proposing their own solutions to the MM/CaLL challenge. Research, data and visual materials collected by the students can be found at http://www.mmcallpartnership.org/. Student efforts will be completed by spring of 2012, and content development, design, and testing will be advanced during the summer and fall 2012. The goal of installing a majority of the hubs has been set to take place in spring/summer 2013, and it is expected that hubs will be in place for approximately one year.

Additional information on the Broadway: 1000 Steps can be found here.

Photos courtesy of the artist, IMA, and City as Living Laboratory

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