Comments welcomed for Baldwinsville Voices’ memory marker’s design

Potential designs have been developed for the sculptural markers for the B’ville Voices project. The public is welcome to give feedback on the renderings at tomorrow’s reception at 6pm at the Baldwinsville Public Library.

In conjunction with the village of Baldwinsville, the B’ville Voices project is being developed by the Erie Canal Museum and NYC-based cultural organization City Lore. The project will ultimately consist of an arts trail that uses images, oral histories, and first person narratives from local residents and historians to highlight Baldwinsville’s past and present.

The trail will be marked by sculptural “memory markers” that contain QR codes or links that direct mobile phone users to the project’s website which will host interactive media. Some of the stops on the art trail include the Baldwinsville Canal, waterfront parks, the Papermill Amphitheater, the growing entertainment district, and more.

According to Project Director Molly Garfinkle of the Places Matter program at City Lore, the memory markers will “reflect the canal and river districts, using masonry and steel elements that echo existing waterfront aesthetics like the river, the marina, the bridges.” Some of the markers will include objects related to Baldwinsville history, potentially including an old grindstone and pump. The design of the markers has been overseen by Brendan Rose, Syracuse’s artist-in-residence, and the project has received much input from community members via public meetings throughout the year. Garfinkle explained: “They’ve guided us in terms of what they want to see in the markers. Do they want it to be a trail or a constellation of markers? Will it loop through the Village or lead somewhere specific? How much text should we include? Everyone’s been really helpful in shaping our approach to the project.”

Garfinkle went on to encourage community members to attend tomorrow’s reception and give further feedback. “We’re so grateful for the support from Mayor Saraceni, the Library, the Shacksboro School House Musuem, and all of the community participants who have given us many hours, memories, and their energy over the last year.”

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