It's not all planting trees, pouring sidewalks and paving reclaimed streets in the Jewelry District. The 195 Redevelopment District Commission has begun installing sculptures at entry points to the District and along I-195 on the East Side. The works were selected by the Commission to provide interim features in the vacant land while it awaits the first developers' buildings. The works offer artists' individual concepts for ways to look at nature, the area and its past.
I Walk, Therefore I Dream
Sophia Sobers, a recent graduate of RISD, devised I Walk, Therefore I Dream. The project draws inspiration from nature, incorporating ornamental grass, hanging plants, solar cells and LED lights. Location: Parcel 34, at the intersection of Bassett and East Franklin.
The Gazing Garden
The Gazing Garden is the creation of Adam Anderson, a dual Brown and RISD alumnus. The installation features mirrored aluminum spheres that reflect their surroundings in interesting and engaging ways. Location: Parcel 41, at East Franklin and Friendship.
Amethyst Rising was created by Topher Gent, a RISD alumnus and Rhode Island native. The work references faceted gemstones and harkens to the industrial history of the Jewelry District. Location: Parcel 37, at the intersection of Point and East Franklin.
Somewhat related sidenote: Look closely at the earth on which Amethyst Rising is placed. Yes! That's grass planting medium, the first sign that clover and grass will soon be spreading its cool, dust-settling green on Parcel 37.