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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Open Corridor

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SUMMER 2009

OPEN CORRIDOR- a festival of Green Art, Science and Community.
June 18- Sept. 29th, 2009.

The Open Corridor Project is a program of diverse and dynamic public art exhibitions, events and performances situated in, along and through the Green Corridor over the summer months of 2009.

As a “drive through gallery space” the Open Corridor festival will engage a diverse public from local pedestrians to international travelers. Open Corridor provides the larger community with an international forum for shared creative activity and commentary, engaging the public in arts and culture while generating a discussion of urban infrastructure benefits and detriments.

The unique location of Open Corridor allows us to target the immediate community, regional general public, national media at the international border, as well as the local and international vehicle audience entering Canada through the Ambassador Bridge border crossing. Because of Open Corridor’s highly accessible and open location, audiences who might not usually engage themselves in visual art events or consider issues of sustainability and urban sprawl will be exposed to Open Corridor.

Open Corridor is a gift to the Windsor community, and it is through this gift that the Green Corridor Project proposes a celebration and proactive view of Windsor. This project is intended to compel the City of Windsor to recognize its value and the value of its creative community.

COMING SOON – the OPEN CORRIDOR website.

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