Southlight Workshop, Providence
Southlight Workshop Category Workshop, Installation Date 2014 Location Providence, USA Client Rhode Island School of Design...
Category Workshop, Installation
Location Providence, USA
Client Rhode Island School of Design
Teaching, Workshop and Installation
Southlight is the culmination of RISD Wintersession course “Light, City and Community,” led by RISD visiting faculty Elettra Bordonaro.
For two days, the nine acres of land at the intersection of Broad Street and Elmwood Avenue, known as Grace Church Cemetery, where many important Rhode Island figures are buried, will welcome the public for a light display that honors the past, the present and a potentially brighter future for the cemetery.
The public installation was including an interactive light display, activities for children and refreshments in the (heated) caretaker’s cottage on the premises.
Students from RISD’s Industrial Design, Furniture Design and Architecture departments engaged with neighborhood businesses and residents to find out what ideas and concerns about the cemetery existed.
With that in mind, the class worked in teams to proposed several ideas for installations, finally distilling their work into one unifying concept.
The RISD proposal was met with enthusiasm at a community meeting of stakeholders, including SWAP, the Elmwood Neighborhood Association, Grace Church, the City of Providence, Residential Properties, and Providence Preservation Society, and the class has been hard at work securing donations, testing fittings and building the structures that are integral to the design to prepare for this celebration.
This has truly been a local community endeavor, with support and sponsorship from RISD, Social Light Movement, SWAP, Grace Church, Residential Properties, the City of Providence, PHILIPS Color Kinetics, National Grid, Friendship Café at Amos House, ATR Treehouse and WaterFire.