About Pallet City

Artists: Katherine Gressel and Jeremy Reed

Pallet City
was an interactive public art project made almost entirely from recycled shipping pallets. Pallet City juxtaposes different common uses of the pallet as an art/building material, and invites participation and feedback, simultaneously raising questions about practicality and aesthetics of pallet use. The city's fluid, linear forms and signage imply different actions that take place within the urban environment: sit (implied by a bench); park (a bike rack); dwell (a shelter); plant (a planter with small garden, which visitors can help water); perform (a stage where visitors can mount and document spontaneous performances); observe (seats accompanying the theater); exhibit (a gallery space with 2-3 different exhibits that the artists will curate during the summer, and a shelf where visitors can curate their own exhibits); play (a playful rolling wave), and learn (an ‘information kiosk’ at one end). Pallet City thus describes the city in terms of active, democratic use rather than passive viewing or restricted areas. The project was meant to spark public dialogue on the notion of city itself and the creation of democratic, sustainable cities. Pallet City was designed for the FIGMENT Terrace season-long sculpture garden on Governors Island in summer 2010.

Pallet City was open to the public at all times Governors Island was open to the public, Friday-Sunday, June 5-October 3, 2010. Please visit the official Governors Island page for directions to the island.

This blog documents the development of the project, and the public's experiences with it.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Photos from Gallery Exhibit 3, "Looking Glass"

Curated by the Crosby Street Gallery
August 20-October 3, 2010
Salvaged wood and glass windows, photographic paper

When you look outside your window, what do you see? If someone peers into your window, what would they see? Windows represent a number of things, from transparency, light, and naked truth to privacy and security. The collection of works in this exhibit asks you to think about our world through unique and varied perspectives.

Each real-life photograph from a major metropolitan area -- some that might seem strangely familiar -- is framed in a salvaged window that draws you into its particular world. The series plays with your understanding of size, perspective, place, and emotion. “Looking Glass” captures the joys, fascinations, fears, and curiosities of experiencing life in the city.

Crosby Street Gallery co-founder and project artist Julie Chan puts the windows together

Crosby St. Gallery co-founders and artists Julie Chan and Robert Sanchez pose in front of one of their windows at the opening party for the exhibit.

Photographing reflections in the mirror pieces!

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