Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pearl Street Artistic Enhancement Continues

Two years after dramatically enhancing the multi-block section of Pearl Street from Trumbull Street to Bushnell Park, TheaterWorks’ Founder and Executive Director Steve Campo has announced an initiative to enhance the remaining portion of Pearl Street from Trumbull Street to Main Street.

The focus of the project will be a major installation of a design by local artist, Andria Alex, encompassing the exteriors of 101 and 111 Pearl Street, two vacant and underutilized properties in the downtown district.  After months of reviewing concepts and preparation, the art installation began on Tuesdayand is expected to be complete within 10 days.

Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra praised TheaterWorks’ initiative saying, “When Steve brought this idea  to us it was impossible not to be excited.  Andria Alex’s artistic style  seemed a perfect way to extend TheaterWorks’ enhancements to the Pearl  Street neighborhood.  This is a short-term improvement to the long-term  strategic plan for redevelopment of this block with our partners at the  State.  I was happy that my administration was able to be supportive of  this project since it directly aligns with iQuilt’s walkability vision  and our efforts to upgrade blighted properties as part of our One City,  One Plan for conservation and development.”

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