May: DAAP + Vacant Lots Occupied / by Ben Sloan

The installation of the Percussion Park is embedded within a larger program, VLO or Vacant Lots Occupied of Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. This summer a special DAAP class led by Joe Girandola (Director, MFA Program: Fine Arts) and Leah Holstein (Professor, Public Art Course) investigated activation of space in conjunction with VLO.

The class researched the site, and developed a variety of proposals to best utilize the space within certain parameters. I was invited to come give a small presentation about my ideas for the park, and take a few questions. What really happened was a long discussion about the space, and then the opportunity to brainstorm with a large group of dedicated and talented architectural, fine arts, urban planning, and industrial design students. So really I had a free consultation with some awesome people.