Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The three of us have been very lucky. And, this past weekend, was definitely one of the
reasons why. We had the amazing opportunity to participate with an amazing group of
very enthusiastic civic minded lovers of Dallas for the Better Block 72 Hour Challenge on
Ross Avenue. For our part, we were tasked to build a bus stop at one end of Ross; we
needed to design a solid structure with shade, seating, and information that would
encourage public transit and create a connection between Dallasites and our city.
Beyond building a basic bus stop, we wanted to add a little twist. Inspired by the book
forest in Berlin and in the tradition of guerrilla art, we wanted our bus stop to encourage
a share culture of free art exchange. Simple concept - one in, one out. All the artwork
and books are free, as long as you put something back. So, we are mega mega grateful
for contributions of artwork and time from our crazy generous and talented friends...
The gorgeous rooftop mural was painted by Denton artist Catherine Schaefer in 17 hrs!
The badass hamburger screenprint is from Brent Ozaeta of Lunch Buddies. Super cool
screenprinted zine is from Paul Windle of Winners! Press. And, we had some fun contributions
from Ha Mai of Fur Face Boy, Sam Smith of Nora Sound, and Kyle Steed of the 52 Profiles.
And, also a big thank you to Mike Arreaga of Holding Pattern Studio, Ha Mai of Fur Face
Boy, and Sean Springer of Springer Design Studio for meeting us at 7:45 on Sunday
morning to help us put the pre-fabed puzzle pieces that Derek thoughtfully built together.
It was such a fun and rewarding day and event. And, we we're so grateful to have been
a part of it and to have such great friends that went along with our crazy bus stop.
To check out the process and event, we have a ton more pictures on our facebook album.
Prefabbing the structure at ShopDad's garage. Reclaimed tree trunks for seating.
Sunday morning build out. Took two hours to put the puzzle together. Took two hours to assemble.
Free art and books to promote a share culture. Thank you everyone that contributed!