Author(s): Aleksandra Vrebalov, Cassie Meador, Jeni Wightman & Ronit Eisenbach
Ephemeral works employed as part of creativeplacemaking efforts can enhance andcatalyze a community at critical junctures tocreate a sense of possibility, spark imaginationand stimulate public discourse. WaterLines:RiverBank was an installation and performancethat transformed a vacant bank into a“world of rippling light and sublimely meditativesound” evoking the connections, interdependencyand exchange between river andtown. At a moment when the historic townof Chestertown, Maryland was grapplingwith the potential impacts of sea level rise,ecological degradation, economic inequalityand social fissures, the project sought tostrengthen community by offering sharedopportunities to surface and celebrate connectionsbetween residents and local identity,exploring changes that have reshaped each.
Luis Francisco Rico-Gutierrez & Martha Thorne