For OPaf 2020 , The Homer Project with Parthenia Projects presents concepts of art-making/living to Angel’s Gate Park in order to complicate notions of private/public space. By exploring specific aspects of the park’s vicinity, uniquely the proximity and presence of a major US shipping port as well as the Korean Friendship Bell, both potentially complex symbols of socio-physical relations, The Homer Project with Parthenia Projects will construct onsite a structure of domestic, backyard vernacular, a gazebo. This particular gazebo, derived from the footprint of a neoclassical Belvedere (literally, beautiful view), will frame the neighboring port and bell, audio-visually, while also inviting opportunities to experience other less obvious aspects of the surroundings, for example, an appreciation for such things as mustard grass growing underfoot. The intent is to create a temporary, multi-sensory built-environment that frames certain sights and sounds allowing space for individual contemplation as well as social interaction, much in the same way we might approach and experience the Korean Friendship Bell, itself a gathering place on a beautiful site that also symbolizes such human relations as friendship, a construct that, by definition ruptures private and public space.
The images below are site studies for Belle View.