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PARK(ing) Day urges rethinking the use of city spaces

It's PARK(ing) Day! From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today parking spots in Armory Square, on Marshall Street and around Columbus Circle will become public art installations as part of a global initiative to rethink how city space is used.

Here's where you'll find PARK(ing) Day installations throughout downtown:

Armory Square

Alchemical Nursery Project, 500 S. Franklin St., outside of The MOST

The nonprofit organization, which promotes an urban eco-village in Syracuse, will facilitate literacy by transforming part of its resource library into a free bookstore, outdoor reading and discussion pod. It will also host a collaborative paper-making project that invites passersby to add paper to a bucket of pulp, which will then be used to make one-of-a-kind bookmarks and bicycle spoke cards.

Artist and community member Theresa Barry, 321 S. Clinton St.

Barry, who had the Razzberry shop in Armory Square for 15 years, currently installs window displays for stores in the area and has begun installations in art shows. She will host a humorous installation to convey a sense of fun using paper mach (c) trees, toy birds and squirrels, a mannequin having a picnic and a hotdog cart filled with platic hotdogs.

The Front, 320 S. Clinton St.

A student-run initiative of the American Institute of Architecture Students at SU, The Front's core mission is to bridge the gap between students at the School of Architecture and the broader Syracuse community by organizing exhibitions, educational events and other forms of public outreach. Its installation will foster creativity and dialogue between community users by staging a seating area with a set of parts (planters, walkable sod, seating and lounge slopes) that can be reconfigured to create temporary environments. Each person who redesigns the space will allow The Front to analyze and predict how the community envisions the future of Syracuse. Group members will stimulate conversation and rebuild the space as users deem necessary.

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