Down to the Wire!

The semester is coming to a close, and boy have we been busy! We have been working hard to finish our mobile unit, which is looking better and better every day! We had a lot of running around to do to buy all of our supplies and then we got to begin working! After hours and hours of sanding, we finally got to the fun part – painting/assembling!

The next step of assembly was to fill some spots with zebra mussels. Thanks to Rod, we had an abundance of them! Most of our time this week was spent elbows deep in zebra mussels! After a long, smelly day of cleaning and sorting, we finally had the zebra mussels ready to put into the unit.

…and thats only half of them!

And, voila! They’re in!

We also started putting the sand in the “aquarium” part of our unit. Mixing the sand with some glue we got the first layer down, and it stuck better than we thought! We also finalized all our research that we are putting on the display and our next step is to get it all printed and put it on the unit!

We are going “all in” for this project! By the end of every day spent working on this, we were covered head to toe in everything from sawdust, to paint, to fishy smelling water! We had a very productive week and continue to work hard up until the exhibition on Thursday! Come out and see our completed display!!


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Bringing it all together

Welcome back once more to our blog!

It has been a very stressful week for our group due to unfortunate turn of events. As we have announced in our last few blogs, we are at the final steps of completing the rough work before starting construction on our exhibition area. During our last meeting with our urban designer Erin, we shared our ideas of what the transformation of the selected alley would look like. Since she currently resides in Toronto, we emailed her several photos of the section of the alleyway we chose to focus on and agreed that she will implement these ideas using her expertise onto a hard copy. We are hoping Erin can send this hard copy by this weekend so we can move forward in our legacy report of the project.

After meeting with Sandy’s father, a construction worker, he agreed to lend us a hand in building the brick wall that sits in the center of our station. But to make matters worse, his schedule does not give him enough free time to assist in the construction but he is willing to bring the materials needed to finish the job for us to use. With time running short before the exhibition reception opens, extreme measures will be taken to complete this task and the help of friends and family will be necessary. Also, the draft design of our exhibition station will be adjusted to accommodate this change.

Our goal for this weekend is to finish the design we have in mind and immediately begin construction on our station using the materials Sandy’s father will have ready for us. In the meantime, we are hoping Erin would come through with our agreement and send us her finalized projection of our ideas so they could be prepared for printing next week. We have high hopes in reaching our goals for this project before the deadline and we are looking forward for the opening day next week!

Also, a reminder for next week, our Exhibition opening day is on November 27th, 2012. It is open for the public so anyone is welcome. We hope to see you there. Thank you!


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Making it Reality


Deciding which section of the alleyway is ideal for our project.

It’s been a long week and our team is excited to begin on the hands on aspect of the project. After meeting with our urban designer Erin, we felt that our group managed to get a good grasp of our resourcing problems. Although Erin works in Toronto, she agreed to help us however she could with the time-frame given. We will work together through email, phone and through video chat in order to express our ideas of the planning we agree upon.

Since the days of the exhibition are counting down quickly, it was also time to start thinking of the Exhibition grand opening which will be in place on November 27th, 2012. Our team brainstormed how it would be best to illustrate what our new design in comparison with its original copy. One idea brought up with the miniature model concept is how to present these ideas. After giving it some thought and with the help of Rod and Patricia who are guides and exhibition experts We’ve come to realization that having a small model would not portray the right feel and perspective we want our guests to see. The best concept would be to build a human scale model inside our exhibition room. This model would present our transformation from the original alley to the new design.

Deciding which section of the alleyway is ideal for our project. (Pictured above)

For the coming up week, there is a lot to consider when thinking of  concept building. We considered the materials involved and the time it would take to complete the building process. As we previously reported, we spoke we two of the store owners recently and we will be meeting with them this week with visuals of our designs to inform them of where our imagination took us. We will collect more information about the alleyway in the rear of their shops and how they feel about this change, so don’t forget to check back with us next week!

Thank you!


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More Planning Makes Perfect


We went into greater detail about what we would specifically like to see from each group. We are beginning to have a better idea of what we would like the set up to look like. This may change once we begin bringing in the projects, prototypes and other materials into the gallery.

As for right now we are trying to figure out spacing and creative ways to integrate one project into the other without one over shadowing the other. We are aiming for a natural flow between the projects and throughout the overall gallery.

This is what our map looked like on Tuesday.


We realized that the gallery may end up being a lot smaller than we imagined. With that being said, we had some of the groups with large prototypes take measurements. We intend on finding a safe yet, creative way to hang the Guerrilla team’s tire swing.

This is what our map looks like today.

There is still a lot of planning to be done in regards to set up times and transporting projects and prototypes into the gallery but the Media Team is working hard to ensure things run smoothly.

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Mapping Out the Details

Kristen suggests ideas about final presentations.

Today, the media team went around to each group to discuss what we would like each group to have ready for Thursday, June 9th. We gave each group ideas of what we would like to see on the day of the exhibition. Each group will provide the media team with photographs of their prototypes and the work that has been done over the course of the semester.

Kristen gave each group a list of things they need to have done by Thursday. We are on a strict deadline which means we have to double and triple check to ensure things run smoothly.

Media Team examines the gallery space and dimensions.

A walk through the gallery gave the team an idea of the space we would be working with. We went over ideas of how we would arrange things and move walls. We also drew out a site map and jotted down additional notes.

The Media Team goes over additional ideas.

Site Map.

There will be enlarged photos, working prototypes, and interactive demonstrations.

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Just a reminder we are having an exhibition on Wednesday June 16th at Phog lounge at 6:00pm!!! BE THERE!!
We will be showing are indivdual pieces that we have been working on as well as our live stream web cam of Huron Line ( The Green Corridor) will be projeted into the space.

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Open Corridor & Drive Thru Symphony: Culture to the NAFTA Highway

Drive Thru Symphony -  Photo by Walter Willems

Canada’s busiest international border corridor was transformed into a drive-thru art gallery this summer by the University of Windsor’s Green Corridor. From June 18 to September 23, 2009, the Open Corridor Festival featured outdoor public art exhibitions, events and performances along the area identified as “the Green Corridor,” on Huron Church Road between College Avenue and Assumption High School.

Drive Thru Symphony - Photo by Walter Willems

The Drive Thru Symphony, which premiered on September 23, 2009, was a site-specific, real time installation and performance work that incorporated sight and sound while integrating vehicle traffic and drivers into a collaborative event. The stream of live sound from the musicians and the traffic was also broadcast over CJAM 99.1fm’s airwaves as it happened, encouraging contributions from those driving through the performance. Pictured above, students power instruments, lighting, and sound equipment by riding bicycles.

Featuring the work of ten artists with connections to Windsor and Essex County, the Open Corridor Exhibition, which opened on June 18, 2009, found public art installations, performances, and interventions at the edge of the NAFTA highway. Images from the exhibition are featured below, while a catalogue of the entire festival is currently in the works.

Auto Light by Kim Adams - Photo by Walter Willems

Auto Light by Kim Adams.

Ecology by Iain Baxter&.

Talking Trees by David Blatherwick

Talking Trees by David Blatherwick.

Galileo by Noel Harding

Galileo by Noel Harding.

Wilt by Lucy Howe - Photo by Walter Willems

Wilt by Lucy Howe.

You Are Worth It by Justin Langlois

You Are Worth It by Justin Langlois.

Cooler Column by Zeke Moores -  Photo by Walter Willems

Cooler Columns by Zeke Moores.

Border Bookmobile by Lee Rodney

Border Bookmobile by Lee Rodney.

Corn Car by Rod Strickland - Photo by Walter Willems

Corn Car by Rod Strickland.

Ear by Robert Weins Photo by Walter Willems

Ear by Robert Weins.

Inside Outside Ecologies by Jennifer Willet

Inside Outside Ecologies by Jennifer Willet.

The Open Corridor Festival was made possible by the generous support from the University of Windsor, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Festival Tents, Tom Gray Building Centres, UB Welding,  and CJAM 99.1fm.

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