Author(s): Ronit Eisenbach, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Cassie Meador & Jeni Wightman
Ephemeral works employed as part of creative placemaking efforts can enhance and catalyze a community at critical junctures to create a sense of possibility, spark imagination and stimulate public discourse. WaterLines:RiverBank was an installation and performance that transformed a vacant bank into a“world of rippling light and sublimely meditative sound” evoking the connections, interdependency and exchange between river and town. At a moment when the historic town of Chestertown, Maryland was grappling with the potential impacts of sea level rise, ecological degradation, economic inequality and social fissures, the project sought to strengthen community by offering shared opportunities to surface and celebrate connections between residents and local identity, exploring changes that have reshaped each.
Luis Francisco Rico-Gutierrez & Martha Thorne