We were selected by Open Spaces Chattanooga to install some of our work in two windows downtown. Our windows are in the Yesterdays building on the corner of Georgia Ave. and Patten Pkwy (within close walking distance to Patten Towers). We installed two large photographic prints – a portrait of Edna and one of Lulu- and also transducers on the windows that act as speakers to play audio clips from interviews I did with residents as well as audio recorded by Shirley in her church. The installation will be up through the spring of 2015 and opened in September 2014.
We have been 3D scanning and printing with the residents of Patten Towers and these are some of the test prints we have created so far. We use an Occipital Structure Sensor with an iPad to make a 3D scan of a person, then create a 3D portrait, or model, that can take several hours to print. We are creating these portraits of each resident we are working with in Patten Towers.
Open Spaces Chattanooga is an initiative to enliven downtown with creative installations in empty storefront windows- we applied for some window space to add to our existing project…. One of our goals with the project is to try to break down barriers, to make a little more transparent a place (Patten Towers) that is rather opaque to the rest of the city. This is one way for people to learn a little bit about their neighbors in Patten Towers. There will be large semi-transparent prints of photographic portraits of several residents accompanied with text and with audio that will play when triggered by someone walking by. (The portraits may not be these exact ones.)
We are going to start printing 3D portraits, or busts, of each of the residents we are working with. Today we made a test print to show everyone what we will be doing. And we were able to print it on one of the printers in our amazing Chattanooga Public Library
In the beginning of April, Shirley had to have knee surgery so we visited her in the hospital on a chilly blustery day. We brought her some real food and showed her some of the photos and video that she had missed from our last group meeting.