New Albany Flow Park
On Monday, August 6, 2018, New Albany resident Matt Brewer lost his life due to injuries sustained when he was struck by a minivan while skateboarding home from the New Albany Riverfront skatepark. Matt was an admired and well-respected skateboarder in our community. He had a positive influence on the lives of many people growing up in New Albany. His loss will be felt by many, and the community has expressed a tremendous outpouring of support for his family.
Not only was Matt Brewer an avid skater and beloved member of the community, he was also champion of the development of the Flow Park project. Because of his enthusiasm, the Carnegie Center for Art and History would like to acknowledge our support for memorializing Matt at the skatepark.
“With this whole initiative with art and adding objects…putting things here and there and color, it’ll be nice. It’s been something I’ve been looking forward to for years.”—Matt Brewer, in an interview with the News and Tribune commenting on the Flow Park project, April 29, 2017.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Since 2010, the Carnegie Center for Art & History has helped create over two-dozen unique works of public art in New Albany, Indiana. Over the past year, however, the Carnegie Center began looking for ways to provide art experiences, to create opportunities for people to not just passively look at art, but to get into it, to participate in its creation, and to physically engage with it.
The New Albany Flow Park is the Carnegie Center’s most ambitious Public Art Project to date. Our goal is to rehabilitate and reinvent our city’s riverfront skatepark into a contemporary, skate-able work of public art—the first of its kind in our region! Originally built in the mid-1990s, awkward construction, time, and the elements have finally caught up to this beloved park tucked in between the New Albany Amphitheater and the Sherman Minton Bridge.
The Carnegie Center is teaming up with Bloomington, Indiana based Hunger Skateparks to create something truly unique for our community. Hunger is a team of master skatepark designers and builders who have created parks across the Midwest and in Europe. Utilizing the existing footprint of the park, we will bring this public park back to life along the banks of this picturesque stretch of the Ohio River.
We have met with local stakeholders and people of all ages seeking input into what they would like to see in the park. We received dozens of submissions from visitors to the museum, emails, and from our “Skate and Create” public brainstorming session at the skatepark where we created drawings on paper, drew with chalk on the concrete, and built clay models. The Carnegie Center and Hunger Skatepark staffs poured through the submissions, looking for unique features and reoccurring themes, and from there Hunger was able to design one, cohesive, flowing park based off the ideas from the public.
The act of skateboarding (along with inline skating and BMX bike and scooter riding and other potential users) is a living embodiment of art and sport. The world as seen through the eyes of a skateboarder becomes an exercise of seeing untapped potential in inanimate objects. Providing a beautiful, interactive, and inspiring space for play at the New Albany Flow Park will allow minds to creatively explore real world geometry and expand brain activity. This, in turn, will help those young minds build a deeper understanding of the real world around us. Finding ways to stimulate people in our community, and promote physical, mental, and emotional health is our goal, and art is the vehicle we want to use to achieve that goal.
To properly rebuild a park of this size (roughly 14,000 square feet) significant financial support is needed. We plan to fulfill that need through a combination of Carnegie Center funds, grants, and donations. We hope that with your support, we can take the next steps necessary to help lift Art and Action in the New Albany, Floyd County region to new heights. Thank you for supporting creativity, physical activity, positive experiences, and growth in our community.
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