NYSCA Grant for Olmsted’s Blank Snow

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Sergio Lopez-Pineiro has received a New York State Council on the Arts grant for his proposal “Olmsted’s Blank Snow.”

Olmsted’s Blank Snow is a design for a winter landscape in the parking lot of Front Park, one of the six Olmsted Parks in Buffalo, New York. As a prototype, this project seeks to transform standard snow plowing practices into creative tools for generating new landscapes. I intend to design and implement this winter landscape by proposing a snow plowing master plan to locate the snow mounds resulting from daily plowing. The proposed design will artistically exploit the spatial conditions defined by these typically overlooked snow mounds and will expose the hidden potentials of snow removal as a winter practice that can positively transform public space.

As a public space, Front Park holds an important role at three different scales: local, urban, and regional. Within its neighborhood, Front Park is a popular local park. As part of Buffalo’s Olmsted System, Front Park exhibits a relevant position in the structuring of the city. From a regional perspective, Front Park is the public space travelers first encounter when entering the United States through the international Peace Bridge from Canada. My proposal considers these three scales in an attempt to dispel the negative impression that snow has on people while increasing public awareness and appreciation of the positive influence that snow can have in urban spaces.

The implementation of this project will take place in collaboration with the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy during the winter of 2010.

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