Space Savers Project Dec. 10th 2011 / by Thomas Buildmore

 

The Space Savers Project is a citywide public arts project, inspired by the Philadelphia custom of “saving” on-street parking. Items like recycling bins, upturned garbage cans, cinder blocksand broken furniture are traditionally used as space savers. We called on artists to design andcreate alternatives to the objects traditionally used to save spaces. We wanted to re-imagine whatspace saving in the city can look like. Perhaps by replacing traditional space savers with art,we can transform the practice of saving spaces and begin new community dialogues. For moreinformation, visit our website: http://thespacesaversproject.tumblr.com. The Space Savers Project is supported by Breadboard and Temple Gallery. The Project respondsto the Vision Plan of the City of Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy,which encourages more temporary public art programming in Philadelphia including projectsthat utilize temporary public art to illuminate or address critical civic issues and promote civicengagement and dialogue.