Imagine Art Here | Summer 2018

 

Let's catch up! Recently, surcreative has partnered with Fairfax County’s “Imagine Art here” initiative to create an interactive 3D figure for the Seven Corners community. What is the IAH initiative? IAH is program approved by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Chairman Jane Chu that works with local artists and designers to create works that inspire and foster innovation. Alongside IAH,  Fairfax County’s art council has granted local artist $40,000 in aid hoping to reinforce the role of the arts, cultivate community engagement, and to gather information on the residents, workers, and visitors in the Northern Virginia area.

The installation will be located in a heavily populated and visible area of Northern Virginia, Seven Corners. Proudly, in 2017, surcreative entered the IAH competition; envisioning a design that would consist of multiple large cubes decorated with the surrounding neighborhood zip codes and pictures, hoping to bring visual representation to the neighborhoods and highlight the importance of individuality. It will showcase photography taken by team members and community participants who use the hashtag: INOUT... And, guess what? We won!

 Natalia Brizuela-Pires (Art Director), Hector Montalvo (Architectural Designer), Julieta Guillermet (Lead Architectural Designer), and Edwin Coimbre (Architectural Designer).   ©Hector Montalvo Photography

Natalia Brizuela-Pires (Art Director), Hector Montalvo (Architectural Designer), Julieta Guillermet (Lead Architectural Designer), and Edwin Coimbre (Architectural Designer).

©Hector Montalvo Photography

During the 6 weeks in 2018 that INOUT is showcased, members of the community will be encouraged to participate in the installation’s interactive questionnaire. The questions will primarily focus on gathering information pertaining to visitors, such as; What are you doing in the community right now?, what is home to you?, what makes you laugh?, when would you like to see art?, and who should fund public art? These questions will be displayed on one of the 4 sides of the cube and will populate the structure as info from participants comes in. Members of the community will be provided with various sized stickers that will be peeled off the structure and then re-placed on to the structure 's main face according to their answer. 

The INOUT project was designed in hopes of brining the community of Seven Corners "OUT of their IN". The installation, represented by the project's projections of portraits can and will be submitted via social media hashtag, website upload, and on site Sundays. Our team members, will also be hosting photo booth events prior to the event in hopes of acquiring as much community involvement as possible. So, can we count of you? 

Our designers, architects, and partners have been hard at work- planning, organizing, and bringing our vision of ‘INOUT’ to life. Until opening day arrives, we will continue to inform and update you on the project’s latests details. We are excited to see our vision come to life and can’t wait to show it to you, so keep up and come out! 

Stay tuned for updates!

Natalia Pires