Mississippi Heritage Trust - 10 Most Event (Spectacular!)
If you follow us on any (or all) social media platform(s) (if you are shaking your head "no", then you better get on that!) then you are already up to speed a bit on what we have been working on over the past few weeks (keep reading for more exciting tid-bits and photos!). We teamed up with Mississippi Heritage Trust to help document and exhibit the most endangered buildings around the state of Mississippi. The exhibit and coinciding event were planned this year for October 22nd to announce the 2015 10 Most endangered buildings, making this the 10th year for the announcement, thus totaling 100 endangered buildings since 1999 (say that 10 times fast). We were tasked with creating a physical exhibit showcasing each building and telling a bit of the history, the status as it sits today, and giving a pictorial overview in a loose pin-up style. This meant lots of drafting dots, trace paper, bulldog clips, fun imagery and a unique composition.
We spent a week at the Lowry House in Jackson, a building that was on the 10 Most endangered list in 2005 (now it is classified as SAVED wahoooo!), installing the exhibit, climbing ladders, working with the crew who saved the house, and having an altogether blast. We learned that out of the 100 buildings that have been nominated 21 have been saved, 13 are lost (never to return), 32 are in progress, 24 are labeled no progress (we need you to get involved, here!), and then of course there are the 10 that were nominated this year. While researching for the exhibit we came across a few that turned out to be our favorites (don't tell the other ones), such as the Mississippi River Basin Model, a to scale model that was completed in the 1950s in Jackson, MS and was used as a simulator for flooding along the river, the Old Jackson Municipal Library, a truly beautiful and historically important building, and the Tippah County Jail, a poured concrete building built in 1930.
We snapped a few photos and maybe even a video (please guys, try to contain your excitement) and we are sharing a bit below. If you are interested in seeing the Lowry house, the exhibit will be up through December, then give Erica Speed with the Mississippi Heritage Trust a holler! We would love for you to see it!
Also, the Clarion Ledger (as in one of the biggest, oldest, and most respected papers in this region) wrote an article about the event and the exhibit! Check it out here! (Wait, you didn't click, did you? You must do it now.)
Click on the play button for a quick tour of the "No Progress" room above ^^^^
We were tasked with creating an art installation from the previous 10 Most exhibit print materials. We lit a few of the cylinders and once the sun set it became a bit ghostly.
Dang that gorgeous Wyatt Waters Melmont painting, it never would sit straight!