A crack in the sidewalk sparkles and won't ever be the same. A curb becomes part of an imaginary room in a dance piece. Drain pipes never looked so beautiful. A median in the road becomes a magical stream. A piece of trash becomes art.
Art in Odd Places: 2015/TONE Orlando will bring new attention to the mundane and invite visitors to “see” Orlando differently.
Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. Art in Odd Places 2015/TONE Orlando presents its inaugural public visual and performance art festival, taking place from September 17-20, 2015, along Magnolia Avenue, from Anderson Street to the Washington Street. Fifty artists were selected from around the world to participate in this festival and twenty-four of them are local artists. AiOP aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations and reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.
AiOP began as an action by a group of artists led by Ed Woodham to encourage local participation in the Cultural Olympiad of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. In 2005, after moving back to New York City, he re imagined it as a response to the dwindling of public space and personal civil liberties – first in the Lower East Side and East Village, and since 2008, on 14th Street in Manhattan. AiOP has always been a grassroots project fueled by the goodwill and inventiveness of its participants. Local arts advocate Pat Greene's vision helped bring the project to Orlando.
Funded by Orlando, FL (August 2015)