BuHi Lights brings surprise, reflection, and joy to Pinetree Plaza, a strip mall on Buford Highway, the “international corridor” of Atlanta. The project is funded by a generous grant from KaBoom!, whose mission is dedicated to encouraging play and physical activity. Sculptural inflatables designed by four female artists, all with immigrant origins and ties back to Buford Highway, are superimposed with fabrics that illuminate the interwoven ethnicities, traditions, and voices along Buford Highway. A collaboration between We Love BuHi and local artist agency, Dashboard, BuHi Lights building and fostering community through empowerment and placemaking for the future generations of Buford Highway.
Design workshops took place at local elementary school, Cary Reynolds, allowing the kids to contribute to the overall installation. The workshop exposed the students to creating 3D concepts from 2D, as well as a little bit of engineering. Students worked together to create sculptural inflatable pieces to be displayed on opening day for BuHi Lights. As the theme of the light installation was inflatables, the workshop had 3rd-5th graders designing and building their own mini-inflatable art pieces to contribute to the overall installation at Pinetree Plaza. Kids first sketched concepts and ideas for artwork to superimpose onto an inflatable. Teams of 3-4 then created their own inflatable pieces using plastic tablecloths, large plastic bags and air mattress pumps.
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