“Make A Thing” placemaking initiative

3 artists chosen to perk up Hartford landscape with public art

FROM THE HARTFORD COURANT

HARTFORD COURANT 
AUG 04, 2020

The Hartford Business Improvement District has chosen three Hartford-area artists to “Make A Thing” to add whimsy and creativity to the city landscape.

Julie Chen of West Hartford, Daniel Kuetemeyer of Hartford and Aaron Jarry of Farmington won the HBID’s “Make A Thing” placemaking competition, which sought out interactive artistic attractions that could be installed throughout Hartford. Chen, Kuetemeyer and Jarry were chosen from 75 applicants.

Chen’s project is a huge, red heart-shaped swing big enough for two adults. Kuetemeyer’s project is an enormous metal horn-like structure that will reverberate any sound that goes into it. Jarry’s project is a bench attached to an enclosed free library.

The pieces, which will be made in collaboration with Hartford’s MakerSpaceCT, are expected to be installed in as-yet-determined locations in the city in summer 2021, according to the district’s Chip McCabe.

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