Art Park on Charlottesville's IX Property Making Progress
Come spring, those in Charlottesville will be able to hang out at a new interactive art park.
Owners of the IX property are now in the second stage of creating it. Owners and collaborators say they are working hard to create a place that will draw people together and inspire Charlottesville's future.
“We want the community to touch things, to smell things, feel things, to see things and start a dialogue that way,” said Susan Krischel, the property’s chief of staff.
Works of art are already appearing on the IX property.
“’Byron's Telescope,’ done by Joseph Sheps from UVA, it's already here in the parking lot. Right now we are talking to the Tom Tom Festival about inheriting art that it's created and making a permanent place for it here,” said art collaborator Brian Wimer.
Property owners are not only meeting with key artists, but they also are looking at blueprints to give Charlottesville a space people won't want to leave.
“We think art is one of the most wonderful places to start building a dialogue with the community and building interaction,” Krischel said.
The future art park is 17 acres and extends all the way from Monticello Avenue to Elliot Avenue and from First Street to Sixth Street.
“In the same way that the Renaissance came out of the Dark Ages and said, ‘let’s start thinking,’ so this is a place to think, to imagine, to dream, to interact,” Wimer said.
Krischel says the finished property will be a “theme park of the arts.”
IX property owners are meeting with other private landowners and the city. Although it is a private initiative with IX owners providing space for the public, they hope to generate added funding through Kickstarter and other programs.