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Forest of Families Totems

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FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – A public display of 375 personalized totem poles made by families at community events in Broward County since April, 2013. Entitled Forest of Families, the project was designed to bring Broward County residents together to express their idea of family through art and inspire families to consider expanding their definition of family to include children in the foster care system.

 

 Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
1 East Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
September 19 – October 5, 2012

 

In an artistic partnership, ChildNet, the community-based care lead agency in Broward and Palm Beach County, Museum of Art │Fort Lauderdale, Community Foundation of Broward and artist Eduardo Gardin.  Art of Community project of the Community Foundation of Broward.

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Lauderhill Umbrellas

LAUDERHILL YMCA, FL – The Florida Turnpike overpass at the City of Lauderhill has become an imposing and divisive obstacle for its surrounding communities. By introducing large scale shade structures that provide shelter and protection as much as they aim to reflect the identity of the surrounding communities, Roberto Rovira and Jacek Kolasinski, in partnership with the City of Lauderhill, the YMCA, Lauderhill 6-12, and the Community Foundation of Broward, are transforming a bridge that divides into a bridge that connects.

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The area surrounding the overpass is divided into two distinct neighborhoods: East Lauderhill and Central Lauderhill. 80% of the students attending Lauderhill 6-12 live west of the turnpike and walk between the two areas. The youth and the community members who use this pedestrian bridge daily are exposed to a dark, littered, dangerous crossing where many report being the victim of assaults and intimidation.

The design proposal aims to transform the area by adding much needed shade to the adjacent areas, and by transforming the chain link fences and the surrounding sidewalks with colorful textures that are derived from various workshops conducted with members of the Lauderhill community.

Roberto Rovira & Jacek Kolasinski

Dialogue with Artist at Lauderhill YMCA.  Aug 2013
Dialogue with Artist at Lauderhill YMCA. Aug 2013

Abandoning Cities

The world of humans enters a new social experience and trauma.  Never before have humans planned the forced abandonment of cities and nations.  Most abandonments have been instantaneous with tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanos and war- 0r – slow with the hope that years of drought would end.  We know that global warming leads to sea level rise that leads to the drownings.

Roving Pier

On gulf coast beach of Captiva Island, Florida, a rotting former dock pier was pulled up and down the seashore on a golf bag carrier.  At 100 yard intervals, the pier with carrier was installed for five minutes.  Conversations were had with beach goers about the future level of the ocean and the lost of Captiva Island.  The act of pulling, installing, talking and pulling was repeated for two hours on two different days in May, 2016.

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Playing with Seaweed on Delray Beach

While everyone complains about the quantity of seaweed on the Atlantic beach during the summer of 2015, I learned to have a little fun for a couple hours.

Seaweed Flat, June 2015
Seaweed Flat, June 2015
Seaweed Donut Mounds, June 2015
Seaweed Donut Mounds, June 2015
Seaweed Donut, June 2015
Seaweed Donut, June 2015
Seaweed Donut Mounds, June 2015
Seaweed Donut Mounds, June 2015
Seaweed Turbine, June 2015
Seaweed Turbine, June 2015
Seaweed Turbine, June 2015
Seaweed Turbine, June 2015
Seaweed Sun, June 2015
Seaweed Sun, June 2015
Seaweed Making, Photo by Maria Foladori Weiss
Seaweed Making, Photo by Maria Foladori Weiss
Seaweed Making, Photo by Maria Foladori Weiss
Seaweed Making, Photo by Maria Foladori Weiss