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TrainYARD is from a design team including participants from Krueck + Sexton, Space Architects+Planners, and IIT woodshop manager Michael Gillhouse, who talked with us for the above video.
Kent State Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative and Latent Design, the firm of Chicago architect Katherine Darnstadt, who talked about the project for our video.
Blah Blah Blob!'s home base is on the riverside plaza of the aforementioned Fifth Third Center, where's its visible to commuters approaching the station from blocks away.
It was a total 100% pop-up sweatshop . . . We taught people how to sew, instantly. We did a little bit of it at the Art Institute, in the Fashion Department, because they have tons of space. We did a couple days there and that was great to be able to cut all the patterns that we needed, ‘cause we just need space to lay it out. And we sewed in my kitchen.
This morning, at 6:30 - 7:00 in morning, as I rolled this out, people are walking over it because they really have their routine and just want to walk across the plaza come hell or high water. Tomorrow (that is, today, August 27th), we're going to be inside Union Station, actually be able to hang out with the TrainYARD folks. It helps just to watch each other's project and how they interact with one another.From set-up to break-down, it's a twelve-hour day. “Married to my blob,” is how Darnstadt describes her current status.
here. (And remember that today, Tuesday the 27th, you can both installations, side-by-side in the Great Hall
I can't really speak to how Activate Union Station will scale up to more permanent interventions, but the two competition winners are friendly twerk counterpoints to the sober, monumental architecture. Whether your weapon of leisure is Zumba, tetherball or just lounging around, it's well worthwhile to pop into Union Station before the installations come down after Monday, September 2nd.