Jackson Square Pour
For the Green Light Project
Jackson Square Park
October 5, 2013
The iron pour conducted at Innovation Field in Jackson Square Park was one of many engaging facets of the Northeast Green Light Project. This community based project was a response to the over-consumption of energy. It began as a dialogue and transitioned into action. The pour, as an art-making process, served as tangible evidence of the community’s collaborative efforts in increasing energy efficiency.
A medallion lawn ornament was created; the first twenty community members to sign up for an energy audit received one of these medallions and the ability to design a unique medallion for free. The cast iron artworks commemorated effort and unified the community under a common cause. The medallions also challenged the community to constantly pursue progress.
The Jackson Square Pour included the casting of artworks made by students at the Minnesota Waldorf School. Their sand molds, consisting of carved stars, were aligned to mimic the Big Dipper. The casting of these stars swallowed the night with warm, glowing light and evoked a sense of pride and accomplishment. The inclusion of this performance extended the torch of responsibility beyond the realm of Northeast Minneapolis.
For more information of the Northeast Green Light Project, click below:
Jackson Square Pour Timelapse, Minneapolis, MN, 2013
"The Northeast Green Light Project," Green Jeans Media, March 20, 2014