Stairs of Fabulousness Moving Forward!

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Moving forward! After being one of the chosen projects for the Boston Public Space Invitational, the work begins…

Meeting with City Hall to talk about specifics.

Planning process for Stairs of Fabulousness, Boston City Hall.

I’ve got updated numbers on everything, and samples to test stick-on-floor-ability under wear, in situ. So if you see colorful small amounts of tape in City Hall atrium, come Stomp for Science.

UPDATE: Good meeting, many stakeholders present! Still moving forward pending some concerns like: How long will it look good? How long will it stick? Difficulty removing old stickum after the tape wears out? My questions also! These can be partly addressed by onsite test swatches, which they say we can do in a couple of weeks. Stay tooned! Progress.

Bonus question:Can we add decorative tape to the fronts of the risers?” –Why, yes! Let me get you some figures on that. :)

 

Meanwhile, Here’s some of the press!

Liz LaManche accepting PSI award from Mayor Walsh

“A Simple Way to Add Art in Boston” –Boston Globe, Yvonne Abraham, June 8, 2014.

“If you yearn for more, and edgier, public art in Boston, Wednesday was a very good day…. rainbow-trimmed stairways for City Hall’s dark cave of a lobby — have been approved, just a few months after the contest was announced. They’re relatively cheap and simple, and will be around for anywhere from a couple of years to more than a decade.”

“9 Bright Ideas Win Funding to Refresh Boston’s Public Spaces” –WBUR ARTery, Abby Elizabeth Conway, June 5, 2014

“Contest Aims to Enliven Public Spaces in Boston” – Boston Globe, Michael B. Farrell, June 5, 2014.
“to spruce up City Hall, long maligned as one of the ugliest buildings in Boston…Two winning entrees propose simple additions to change the building’s cavernous lobby.”

“Contest nets new faces for public spaces”, –Boston Herald, Jordan Graham, June 5, 2014.
“We were blown away by the talent and the creativity and the sheer number of ideas,” said Kris Carter of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.”

“Spiffing Up Public Spaces” –Boston Globe,
“Stairs of Fabulousness: This winner uses nonskid tape on City Hall’s stairs to make them “400 percent more fabulous.”–City of Boston”

“Boston’s Public Space Invitational Winners Announced, –Boston Magazine, Yiqing Shao, June 5, 2014.
“finally!—City Hall will get ‘Stairs of Fabulousness.’…Liz LaManche’s ‘Stairs of Fabulousnes’ will make city hall “400% more fabulous.””

PSI-acceptance-letter for #stairsoffabulousness“Public Space Invitational: Boston’s Public Spaces To Get Facelift” – Metro, by Michael Naughton, June 5, 2104.
“Some of Boston’s most desolate, drab and dull public spaces are about to get a lot more interesting… City Hall, which more than a few people consider to be cold, ugly and uninviting, will soon become a little more colorful. One of the winning projects, named “Stairs of Fabulousness,” will use non-skid colored tape to transform the brick staircases inside City Hall.”

“Here are the Public Space Invitational Winning Projects Poised to Innovate Boston”, –BostInno, Nick DeLuca, June 5, 2014.
“’Rainbow stairs will make City Hall 400% more fabulous.’ This is a small intervention to the space, experimenting with color with the bricks and concrete as the canvas. Using non-skid tape, the stairs in the lobby area will be transformed by color.”

“Mayor Walsh Announces Winners of Boston’s First Public Space Invitational- Nine Public Space Interventions Will Be Deployed”, –CityofBoston.gov Press Release, June 5, 2014, Press.Office@cityofboston.gov
“Simple. Colorful. ‘Rainbow stairs will make city hall 400% more fabulous,’ according to the project proponent. This is a small intervention to the space, experimenting with color with the bricks and concrete as the canvas. Using non-skid tape, the stairs in the lobby area will be transformed by color.”