We're sure you're familiar with TEMPOart, the Portland-based non-profit temporary public-art-program whose inaugural installation, The American Dream, has stood in Lincoln Park's northeast corner since last summer. Little did we know then that the installation would become a series!
Debuting at this month's First Friday Art Walk, the first of this year's TEMPOart installations will be Ghost Fence by John Sundling: an amazing piece that shows visitors the original size of Lincoln Park!
In the 1960s, the northernmost third of Lincoln Park was destroyed – along with existing neighborhoods – to widen Franklin Street into the Franklin Arterial, with the goal of making the area more "modern". As TEMPOart puts it:
Sundling's piece utilizes the visual language of surveying and construction, using flagging tape, simple wood poles, and plastic sheeting to create a "ghost fence" that outlines the original boundaries of Lincoln Park ... Sundling is interested in this lost physical and social space and wants to "create a simple and effective reminder of both past and present, as well as a place to envision the future."
We couldn't be more excited to see the original extent of Lincoln Park, and we hope it will inspire visitors to consider ways that we might restore the Park to its historic dimensions!
So please join us on Franklin Street, across from the Park, this First Friday, June 2nd, 5 – 8 PM. Blankets and beverages will be on hand, along with craft beers and food trucks – what better way to kick off the sunny season than with an exploration of Lincoln Park as it was originally meant to be?
Friends of Lincoln Park • 168 York Street • Portland, Maine, 04101