The P A R K S P A C E project features art installations across multiple public parks in Austin to help residents enjoy the outdoors while keeping a safe social distance. Colourful squares spaced 6 feet apart are painted on the grass with eco-friendly turf paint. The colours reference local Texas wildflowers. “P A R K S P A C E boldly weaves the elements of an architectural landscaping intervention and a social distancing awareness campaign into one exciting public outdoor experience.” – says Ingrid Spencer, executive director for the Austin Foundation for Architecture and AIA Austin.
Relation to Resilience
The P A R K S P A C E project visualizes social distancing measures by demarcating the safe area each individual can take in a park while pursuing common outdoor activities, such as picnic or yoga. It is important to facilitate these activities for people to cope with the pandemic, enabling them to enjoy each other’s company, have an outdoor experience and be physically active. At the same time, the modular nature of the art installation allows park users to relate to one another and connect through a more experiential way of social distancing.