Over the last few days, a series of white poles have popped up on a hill in Pope Park. From a distance, they do not look like anything other than stakes hammered into the ground. The clotheslines actually form a labyrinth which allegedly “addresses the migratory voyages of the residents who reside in the neighborhood.” The artist, Satch Hoyt, is one of four who have public art projects sponsored by Real Art Ways.
The press release from Real Art Ways provides the following as descriptions for the other projects:
Sofia Maldonado is creating a mural on the Pelican Tattoo building in Frog Hollow. She’ll also be organizing collaborations with youth in the neighborhoods.
Matthew Rodriguez will install 70 characters on trees in Pope Park, and one on the side of La Estrella bakery in Parkville.
Margarida Correia’s photographs of Hartford youth embracing their Portuguese heritage will be on billboards in Parkville. Street lamps on Park Street will display album covers of famous Fado singers, with an accompanying audio component.
The project will launch on May 30th, and all four artists will be in town this week. The opening reception for “the four projects, which make use of the creativity, vibrancy, and culture of Hartford’s Parkville and Frog Hollow neighborhoods” will be May 30th, from 2-5pm. Real Art Ways will be offering free bus tours (leaving from Real Art Ways) from 3-5pm. There will be free guided bike tours at 3 and 4pm. Given the small geographic area that this project spans, I would recommend that those who are physically able explore on bike or on foot. To really experience the “creativity, vibrancy, and culture” of these neighborhoods, you need to not be in an automobile. Besides, bicycles are part of this area’s heritage.
After Saturday, May 30, visitors can take free, self-guided audio cell phone tours, narrated by the artists, by dialing 860-
760-9979. They’ll be in English and Spanish. Margarida Correia’s will also be available in Portuguese.