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Growing up in Cincinnati my favorite thing to do was visit parks. Cincinnati has amazing parks services, with 70 neighborhood parks throughout greater Cincinnati. These are free attractions to residents and visitors alike. Parks are places to gather, celebrate, relax, exercise or enjoy the peace of nature. The lawns at newly revitalized and expanded parks including Washington Park, Smale Riverfront Park and Sawyer Point act as our City’s living room. As a sculptor I have always been interested in space, how it’s designed, and how it can encourage engagement or create a mood. In the heart of downtown is the Contemporary Art Center, housed in Zaha Hadid’s masterpiece. The lobby acting as an ‘urban carpet’ of continued sidewalk sweeping in from the street to the back wall of the building. The idea of parks as a central gathering ground and the Hadid building in the heart of the city are the seeds behind Plop!.

 

As artists we want to activate open park spaces, and as place makers we want to create an environment where the urban living room can be enjoyed, in a new way. Plop! seeks to activate public spaces and invites residents and guests of our city to quite literally Plop! down and enjoy their surroundings.

 

Plop! proposes the creation of three larger than life bean bags to be created in weather resistant materials to activate our cities public spaces, in a moving exhibition across neighborhoods. Plop! invites viewers to engage in moments of relaxation and joy. Bean bags are the perfect means for activating space as sculptural objects, yet they are common and irreverent enough to welcome onlookers to interact. Plop! hopes to spark new interactions and community around public art. Inviting those who may not interact to stretch out beside each other and enjoy a moment, and hopefully a conversation.

 

The three public works to be created would be shown in new locations and arrangements over the course of the summer. The first installation would take place with each bean bag installed separately in smaller neighborhood parks, reaching neighborhoods to the North, East and West. The second presentation will bring all three pieces together in a large installation near the city center. The final installment will capitalize on the community oriented festivals, such as Cincy Summer Streets, with the works installed along the street scape for a weekend or afternoon.

 

Plop! is more than public art, while it has aesthetic aims, we hope to interrupt the usual landscape in a way to invite those who might not otherwise stop for relaxation in the park to do so. From these moments in our shared spaces is where community happens. Plop! hopes to add value to the great spaces we do have and prompt individuals to dream of new possibilities for the urban living room.


PLOP! is a family of three giant bean bags. 

PLOP! is a place to sit, roll, relax, and play. 

PLOP! was created for you to enjoy public spaces in a new way.

Named after their various forms, Hex, Pal, and Wedge will be popping up all over your city this summer. Combined they are made with over 60 yards of marine grade vinyl and filled with 650 cubic feet of styrofoam beads. They are water-resistant, antimicrobial, and antifungal. 

Cincinnati has amazing parks services, with 70 neighborhood parks throughout greater Cincinnati. These are free attractions to residents and visitors alike. Parks are places to gather, celebrate, relax, exercise or enjoy the peace of nature. The lawns at newly revitalized and expanded parks including Washington Park, Smale Riverfront Park and Sawyer Point act as our City’s living room. As a sculptor I have always been interested in space, how it’s designed, and how it can encourage engagement or create a mood. In the heart of downtown is the Contemporary Art Center, housed in Zaha Hadid’s masterpiece. The lobby acting as an ‘urban carpet’ of continued sidewalk sweeping in from the street to the back wall of the building. The idea of parks as a central gathering ground and the Hadid building in the heart of the city are the seeds behind Plop!.

 

As artists we want to activate open park spaces, and as place makers we want to create an environment where the urban living room can be enjoyed, in a new way. Plop! seeks to activate public spaces and invites residents and guests of our city to quite literally Plop! down and enjoy their surroundings.

 

Plop! proposes the creation of three larger than life bean bags to be created in weather resistant materials to activate our cities public spaces, in a moving exhibition across neighborhoods. Plop! invites viewers to engage in moments of relaxation and joy. Bean bags are the perfect means for activating space as sculptural objects, yet they are common and irreverent enough to welcome onlookers to interact. Plop! hopes to spark new interactions and community around public art. Inviting those who may not interact to stretch out beside each other and enjoy a moment, and hopefully a conversation.

 

The three public works to be created would be shown in new locations and arrangements over the course of the summer. The first installation would take place with each bean bag installed separately in smaller neighborhood parks, reaching neighborhoods to the North, East and West. The second presentation will bring all three pieces together in a large installation near the city center. The final installment will capitalize on the community oriented festivals, such as Cincy Summer Streets, with the works installed along the street scape for a weekend or afternoon.

 

Plop! is more than public art, while it has aesthetic aims, we hope to interrupt the usual landscape in a way to invite those who might not otherwise stop for relaxation in the park to do so. From these moments in our shared spaces is where community happens. Plop! hopes to add value to the great spaces we do have and prompt individuals to dream of new possibilities for the urban living room.