Magic City Repairs
part of the PlayTime exhibition
September 20 – November 9
Clark University’s Schiltkamp Gallery
Traina Center for the Arts
92 Downing Street
Worcester MA 01610
Public Participation Workdays:
Thursday September 27th, 2-7 pm
artist talk at 4:30 pm
gallery opening 5-7 pm
Magic City Repairs is your chance to reimagine the city as you always wanted it to be, and to work (as in play!) with others to construct the landscape of your dreams. We invite friends and strangers, children and adults, and all citizens of this town and beyond to help build a magical place. From screenprinted architectural details like bricks, shingles, and windows to recycled cardboard from the kitchens of Worcester, we will cut up, tear apart, and glue together all these different parts in incredible ways to make buildings and bridges, parks and landmarks. Construction, conversation, and mutual inspiration will fuel several hundred miniature barn raisings, and when it is over we will end up with a city that none of us could have individually imagined before.
Our public participation workdays are free & open to everyone, no artistic skills needed. We will provide scissors, glue, and mountains of paper, plus a cardboard landscape to house your creations. So bring your friends, family, kids, grandparents, classmates, neighbors– anyone and everyone! Kids from ages 1 – 100 are welcome to participate, as are adults who may have never done anything like this before.
Magic City Repairs is organized by Jean Cozzens and Andrew Oesch, and is part of PlayTime, an arts exhibition hosted by Clark University’s Schiltkamp Gallery at the Traina Center for the Arts.
Dreaming a better world: Cozzens and Oesch’s Magic City Repairs
By Greg Cook
June 5, 2007