Two Arts Projects Initiated at Margaret T Hance Park in April

April 5, 2013
Ed Lebow

Two artists will debut temporary artworks at Margaret T. Hance Park in April. Artist Jay Atherton will install his work, “Towards Time (130811 11:52)”, on April 9 at the southern entrance to Margaret T. Hance Park, at Moreland and Second streets.    

Atherton’s installation will celebrate the beauty of the desert sky by displaying the location of stars and planets overhead during daylight hours. The daytime observatory will map the celestial bodies with perforations in specially designed fabric suspended overhead. The resulting array will cast sunlit patterns on the ground. 

Artist Ann Morton, creator of the “Ground Cover” project will host the first of two knit-ins at the northwest corner of First and Moreland streets in Margaret T. Hance Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 13. The Ground Cover Knit-In will coincide with the Feast on the Street, a free public event initiated by the ASU Art Museum and the Desert Initiative, Roosevelt Row CDC and artists Clare Patey and Matt Moore. Residents are encouraged to join in knitting, crocheting or quilting individual blankets that will create a 116 foot by 50 foot “ground cover” showing a colossal image of lush desert blooms. Each blanket is made of 28, 10 inch by 10 inch squares. The giant blanket will be installed in a vacant lot in downtown Phoenix in Fall 2013. After the installation, the large blanket will be disassembled into smaller ones that will be given to agencies that serve the homeless.

“Ground Cover” and “Towards Time (130811 11:52)” were commissioned by the city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program. Both projects are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant as part of Cultural Connections, a series of temporary artworks commissioned by the city of Phoenix, the ASU Art Museum and Roosevelt Row CDC.

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