Katherine Gressel
Installation viewInstallation viewInstallation viewInstallation viewPeople interacting with the "exhibit" space People interacting with the "observe" and "perform" spaces"plant""perform" Installation "Pallet City Plein-Air" by Katherine Gressel, as part of the Pallet City "exhibit" space. Paintings of views through "Pallet City," done onsite at Governors Island, Acrylic on found wood, 2010"Pallet City Plein-Air" (detail) "Pallet City Plein-Air" (detail) "Pallet City Plein-Air" (detail)
Pallet City
Co-Artist: Jeremy Reed

Summer 2010

"Pallet City" is an interactive public art project made almost entirely from recycled shipping pallets. "Pallet City" juxtaposes different common uses of the pallet as an art/building material, and invites participation and feedback, simultaneously raising questions about practicality and aesthetics of pallet use. The city's fluid, linear forms and signage imply different actions that take place within the urban environment: sit (implied by a bench); park (a bike rack); dwell (a shelter); plant (a planter with small garden, which visitors can help water); perform (a stage where visitors can mount and document spontaneous performances); observe (seats accompanying the theater); exhibit (a gallery space with 2-3 different exhibits that the artists will curate during the summer, and a shelf where visitors can curate their own exhibits); play (a playful rolling wave), and learn (an ‘information kiosk’ at one end). "Pallet City" thus describes the city in terms of active, democratic use rather than passive viewing or restricted areas. The project will ideally spark public dialogue on the notion of city itself and the creation of democratic, sustainable cities. "Pallet City" was designed for the FIGMENT Terrace season-long sculpture garden on Governors Island in summer 2010.|

Please visit palletcityproject.blogspot.com for more information and the blog documenting the project!