SeeSaw ArtWall

Lyrics as recorded by The Five Man Electrical Band in 1971 and included on
the 1990 compilation album "Made In Canada - Volume Three 1965-1974"

And the sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply"
So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
He said "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do"
So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Fuckin' up the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?

Tags:    Interactive, Public Art, Placemaking

Location:Plaza District, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Year:    2019

Team:    180 Development
         Plaza District
         Plaza Walls
         WK Welding
         360 Enigneering
         Peacock Design
         Mission Academy

American culture has produced masses of parking lots and billboards leading to a landscape cluttered with empty meaning and large voids of space. The seesaw art wall is a functional sculpture. This design draws from the unique nature of the surrounding Plaza District to create a place from the insertion of a billboard in the centre of a parking lot with a twist of play.

The project is located on private property in a 2,185 sf island in the new plaza parking areas just south of 16th Street at Blackwelder and 15th Street.
The seesaw art wall is a public sculpture. It is a professionally designed and engineered functional sculpture combining the activities of play, poetry and 2 dimensional art work to enhance a place that is typically overlooked but pervasive in our built environment (the parking lot). The piece is an example of how functional sculpture and 2D art can combine in our urban fabric to help create places that people want to be.

This piece draws from the playful culture of the plaza district and the 2D art on the upper surfaces will be curated by the Plaza Walls Art Initiative curation team. But art is more than what is on a surface, the piece also provides a positive symbol for the future development of both the plaza walls initiative as well as the surrounding neighborhood.