Pavement-To-Parks comes to Savannah, showcased at civic center

Pop-up park will showcase local artist's in the hopes of beautifying blighted properties (Credit:Robert Catanese)

On Wednesday, W Projects and Savannah's Revival Society transformed a section of the Savannah Civic Center parking lot into a free public pop-up park.

The exhibition will run through Saturday, May 19.

The installation is part of the expanding "tactical urbanism" movement, the creation of low-cost, short-term, community-based projects transforming sections of urban environments into safer, livelier and more livable spaces.

Erin Wessling is the president of W Projects.

"We can basically take any space that is currently being unused, and may not be in the best format and transition it into a beautified space," said Wessling.

The over 180-feet long by 50-feet wide paved space on the south side of the parking lot entrance to the Civic Center will be transformed into a park-like environment through the use of both organic and man-made materials.

Custom-made seating and two large-scale structures created by artists of The Revival Society will be interwoven throughout the park to inspire a conversation of urban revitalization.

These installations will be constructed using a specially-designed eco-friendly form of concrete and natural bamboo as well as varying materials that include plants, fabric, recycled water bottles and other re-purposed materials.

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