Lancaster City’s Office of Public Art is pleased to present a special project and community walk event on Sunday August 6. Let the Record Show is a collaborative public art project by Matt Allyn Chapman, visual artist, and Caitlin Downs and Matthew Kabik, both writers. Let the Record Show (LTRS) is a direct response to The Lancaster Sound Map (LSM), a multi-faceted project revealing the diverse character of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Created by artist Stuart Hyatt, the LSM is intended to be a growing platform of free-use content, from which many creative projects may arise.
Using Hyatt’s project as a point of departure, LTRS brings together visual art, the written word, and audio documentation. Chapman has made a series of nine drawings based on walks that he, Kabik,and Downs took, embarking from nine locations in Lancaster County. Each walk was tracked and recorded using GPS, as if the hikers were the drawing tool and the landscape was their paper. The resulting “walk line” was then incorporated into each of Chapman’s nine pieces. Downs and Kabik have each written short stories and poems, which will accompany the drawings.
These drawings and writings will be printed and distributed to friends and collectors who are supporting the project. Additional portfolios will be available for purchase. The prints and stories will also be displayed in the Public Art Display Cases at the Lancaster Train Station. The exhibit was installed on July 18 and continue thru Jan 18, 2018.
To both celebrate the project, and share it with our Lancaster community, the artists have planned a special interactive event for Sunday August 6th. This Community Walk is free and open to the public. RSVP requested via Facebook Event page or by calling the Office of Public Art at 717-291-4829.
LET THE RECORD SHOW: A Response to the Lancaster Sound Map, along with Lancaster Public Art invite you to a free event full of inspiration and wonder. Please join visual artist Matt Allyn Chapman and writers Caitlin Downs & Matthew Kabik as they lead you on a guided walk through a portion of Lancaster City to our destination of Lancaster County Central Park. Once in the park they will be hosting two workshops meant to spark your creativity. Matt Chapman will be demonstrating how he creates exciting artworks inspired by items and observations he discovers while walking. Caitlin Downs and Matthew Kabik will also be demonstrating how these same inspirations can be used to create thoughtful writings, such as short stories and poems.
SUNDAY AUGUST 6, 1pm-5pm
MEETING LOCATION: Ewell Gantz Park, next to the Mix at Arbor Place, 520 North St, Lancaster, PA 17602
Approximately a 20 minute walk to the workshop site in Lancaster County Central Park.
WHAT TO BRING: While on our walk you may want to have a small notebook for sketching or writing down of ideas.
- A selection of pens, pencils, or markers to use while on the walk (materials for the workshops will be provided)
- A small bag for collection of items you find interesting or inspirational.
- Bottled water or a drink during the walk
CLOTHING: Participants will want to wear clothing that will be comfortable and will protect them from the outdoor conditions, suggested items may include hats, sunscreen, a lightweight jacket, or a poncho. Appropriate shoes for walking are encouraged. The event will be rain or shine so please plan accordingly.
WHAT TO GAIN: This event is designed to excite and educate participants on the importance of observation, as well as highlight the variety of interesting possible walking destinations within Lancaster City. The Workshops also provide an opportunity to take your observational skills further by creating a piece of artwork or create a story that is entirely your own! These Workshops will also serve as a starting point in which to grow these skills on your own and help take your ideas to new and wonderful places!