For one week in August, 2020, an array of 1,500 colorful pinwheels in seven “pocket” parks around Easton’s West Ward and South Side neighborhoods activates public space with ephemeral pops of color. The art installation invites residents to visit to these neighborhood public spaces, collecting a bouquet of playful pinwheels, one color for each of the seven parks. Using custom in-park signage, designed by Omnes, visitors are directed by to www.eastonpocketparks.com, the master plan’s online bilingual hub of engagement. The website features an interactive survey about the parks, as well as opportunities for public comment, guides to each park, and activity contests. Through interactive art and digital engagement, visitors are asked to envision their hopes for the parks’ futures for the Easton Pocket Parks Master Plan.
These bright lawn ornaments evoke a sense of nostalgia for many, inviting visitors to see the pocket parks in a new way while also referencing how these small, hyperlocal public spaces often serve as an extension of neighborhood residents’ own backyards. These whirligigs are cheap and cheerful, creating an impactful public art piece that is interactive and appropriate for the COVID-19 era. Conceived of during quarantine, the piece breathes life into park spaces, creating a sense of hope and delight for all to enjoy.
Pinwheels are sited in the seven parks and on view during the weekend of August 15-23. For locations, visit www.eastonpocketparks.com.
Size: 3,890 sf to just over 1/2 acre
Collaborators: The City of Easton, West Ward Community Initiative, Civitas Regio Civil Engineering