Interactive public art project that transformed the vacant Polaris Building high-rise in Fairbanks into an emotional beacon for residents to share their memories of and hopes for the building. Project included a three-story sign and chalkboards at the sidewalk level. Responses were used by the developer and the downtown development associations to inform next steps. By drawing attention to the neglected building and providing residents with a platform to share, the project explores the impact that buildings have on our lives and how they can become meaningful again. Commissioned by The Alaska Design Forum.
2011, Fairbanks, AK. Acrylic on industrial fabric, chalkboards, wood, spray paint, chalk, abandoned high-rise. 68’ x 36′ sign, 30’ x 10’ chalkboards. Project coordination by David Hayden. Project assistance by Mike Hondel. Installation assistance by Bernie Baecker, Carol Hayden, Sean Hering, Kate Incarnato, Galen Lott, Dustin Miller, Jessica Nelson, Amy Nordrum, Ian Oleson, Sheri Oleson, Pat Rivera, Jack Schmid, Trent Schoenemann, Sue Sprinkle, Dave van den Berg, and Jared van deer Weele.
Within this space, themes already emerged. For memories:
Memories of the Tiki Bar on the top floor
Ghost story of room 303
Themes for hopes:
Desire for a grocery store
Desire for an Indian restaurant
Desire for modern apartments downtown
Photos of the process: