Mayor Stephanie Miner has announced the city will host an event for the public to meet the team selected to create “our next great downtown space,” which includes designer Jerry Van Eyck, of !melk urban design, and public artist Cecil Balmond.
The public will have two opportunities to meet the team, first at the project launch Friday, Sept. 25, and then at an ice cream social, in the current Common Center Plaza and Perseverance Park area, Saturday, Sept. 26.
The project launch will take place at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center, 100 South Salina St., in downtown Syracuse, at 12 p.m., and the artists will use a multimedia presentation to explain their past work, design process, and the preliminary vision for the project.
Jerry van Eyck will then host an ice cream social, Saturday, in order to solicit public input on what the future of the space could be, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, in Perseverance Park, at the corner of Fayette and Salina Streets.
“This is an honor for our community to be able to work with innovators such as Jerry van Eyck, and Cecil Balmond,” Mayor Miner stated. “This project will become an iconic space in downtown Syracuse that every citizen and visitor of our community can enjoy. I am excited these designers are here to work with us, and I encourage the community to come out and meet them this week.”
Earlier this year, the Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency (SURA) had awarded an RFP for design and construction of a new concept at the site to a team including !melk urban design and Balmond Studio.
SURA was advised by a jury of experts in design, public art, landscape architecture, and community engagement, who recommended the team to create the space.
The New Urban Space project was made possible with the support of community partners, and, in particular, support from the Gifford Foundation, city officials said.
According to the city, both artists’ work has been featured in global cities, on multiple continents, and Balmond was profiled in the New Yorker for his artwork in 2007.