Lancaster Public Art is pleased to announce that two new projects will be created in response to the Lancaster Sound Map (LSM.) Thanks to funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, we are working with two teams of local artists to continue the exploration of identity in Lancaster, begun by artist, Stuart Hyatt, in 2014.
Lancaster Sound Map (LSM) is a multi-faceted project revealing the diverse character of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Visiting eight times over the course of a year, artist Stuart Hyatt walked through the city and county recording sounds, meeting people and taking photographs. His field recordings were placed on a simple interactive web-based map and gallery.
Hyatt collaborated with FIELD WORKS—a collective that explores place through recorded sound—to compose original music based on LSM. The album, Born in the Ear, unravels in an epic walk, unearthing diverse stories, revealing a deeper sense of place, overlapping patterns of rural and urban, past and future.
Hyatt sought out and collaborated with many local artists: illustrator, author, middle-school-aged spoken word poets, community chorus, percussion group, director. Enriching not only the project, but also our creative community.
LSM is intended to be a growing platform of free-use content, from which many creative projects may arise.
Through a request for proposals (RFP) and juried selection process, two concepts were chosen. Following are brief project descriptions and links to learn more about the artists. The results of both of these projects will be displayed publicly this summer. Stay tuned for more details!
- The Mix at Arbor Place and Modern Art will work together to offer local youth the opportunity to create public art pieces that instigate cross-community conversation. This project embraces a desire to help students translate day-to-day experiences, such as eavesdropping or a loud muffles car backfire, into works of visual art that can be shared. Students will model their own creative processes after Stuart Hyatt's methodical approach to exploring the play between place and human activity.
- Visual artist Matt Allyn Chapman will make a series of nine drawings based on walks that he and writers Caitlin Downs and Matthew L. Kabik will embark on from nine locations in Lancaster City & County. Each walk will be tracked and recorded with GPS. The GPS-mapped line of their walks will be integrated into Chapman’s drawings. Downs and Kabik will write short stories in response to their walks. The collaborative project will also include audio documentation and a print series created in the size and format of a vinyl record.
This project is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.