July 6- September 30, 2012
Welcome to Common Ground, a dynamic, engaging, participatory, and unique project by Cambridge Galleries and our partners that takes a new approach to public art and its role within a community. Through this interactive and innovative project, we’ll be bringing art to you across downtown Galt, and via installations at Design at Riverside, Cambridge Sculpture Garden, and rare Charitable Research Reserve.
Design at Riverside Curator, Esther E. Shipman and Iga Janik, Cambridge Galleries’ Curator for Queen’s Square and Preston Galleries, will bring together innovative landscape and urban design practitioners and artists with local citizens, businesses, design and environmental organizations, municipal governments and academic institutions through engaging gallery exhibitions, outdoor installations, and events in multiple venues, throughout downtown Cambridge and locations within the rare Charitable Research Reserve.
Common Ground is where land meets art. Featuring landscape architecture, urban design, and public art, this exciting multi-event, multi-venue project is designed to challenge the artists and the public to think more broadly about the role of culture in the community, its impact on the environment, and the very shape art can take when it is placed outside assumed institutions. 3ByLAND at Design at Riverside will showcase a survey of recent work by three award-winning Canadian landscape architecture and architecture firms. Breaking the mould, this portion of the exhibit also features some exterior installations. Mini Golf – a social practice is an engaging and interactive public art installation featuring nine teams of artists. Individually, the installations will challenge viewers to a deeper discussion of land use, landscape and the concepts of public and private spaces. Together, they form a fully functioning nine-hole mini golf course located at key sites around the downtown Galt core. Add to this artist talks and a number of exhibition-specific events, and Common Ground will keep you coming back all summer long.
We are collaborating with partners across the city and offering the opportunity for others to join in with like-minded Common Ground-related activities and events to make this a truly community-based project. We’re digging deep and laying roots across Cambridge, creating common spaces for you to interact with green and ecological concepts, experience art, and see our city in a whole new way. Over the summer, you’re invited to engage with a number of exhibits, public art, interactive installations, and a wide array of programming and events.