Henderson Hopkins: K-8
Public Art Installation Proposal
This is Henderson Hopkins, a Johns Hopkins University Partnership School, a K-8 school that is being built 500 feet from MICA Place in East Baltimore. It cost an estimated $25 million to build. Grey concrete walls are accented by rust stained concrete walls that have gouges out of them to look more like rusted metal panels. The flashing on the roof is an aluminum that is supposed to look like copper. The whole project looks like an orange prison.
What happened to ideas of whimsy and fun that are always trying to be tied to learning? Yes, public schools are institutions. But do they really have to look like them? I proposed a quick fix for the school where it utilized unclaimed land and played off of the lamp posts that can be found bordering the perimeter. The rust color is so strong in the landscape that I chose colors and patterns that had no intention of ever matching. Ideally, these patterns could created by the students that attend Henderson Hopkins and then applied to the different sections.