Ideas Welcome for Public Art Park in Charlottesville
Mural created by muralist Ross McDermott under the direction of Fabian Kuttner
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Owners of the IX Property in Charlottesville are opening up acres of the land near downtown to become a public art park for people to enjoy.
First, they're inviting the community to help develop plans for the space. Owners say they want to create a public space that draws people together. They are asking for ideas to develop an interactive art park.
Ludwig Kuttner, a managing member of Monticello Associates, says Charlottesville's downtown mall is a wonderful asset for the city, but it's getting crowded.
“Everybody wants to be happy and make other people happy so this is another dream to expand from the downtown mall to bring it here,” Kuttner said.
Kuttner believes he has an ideal space for families and the community.
“Part of the dream is to give more space to people, this need for space, public space where your kids can play, where people can entertain, where people can eat and all the community comes together,” he said.
Together with film maker Brian Wimer, Ludwig is opening up 17 acres of the IX Property land between Monticello Avenue and Elliott Avenue. They anticipate building a park here as early as the spring so people can enjoy the space this summer but first they want ideas from the community.
“This is just the beginning,” Wimer said. “This is just the start of participating in this city, this community that you've always dreamt about and we are putting it in people’s hands to make it happen.”