2010 - 2012
26 photographers and 26 writers were challenged with viewing their downtown city in a unique way. 26 teams were created and assigned to 26 randomly selected downtown Phoenix city blocks. Each team was encouraged to collaborate for one month and produce one photograph and 500 words or less. Teams could work in any genre, but had to capture the past, present, or imagined future of their block.
A sculptor was attached to all 26 city blocks and given six months to turn 4” wood cubes into sculpture. The ’26 Blocks’ exhibit was unveiled to the public on May, 7, 2010. Over 1,000 people attended. Overnight, a one month exhibit turned into a 14-month tour, was seen by over 500,000 people, and eager sponsors jumped in to produce a free iPad app.
2015 - 2018
A graphic designer has been challenged to collaborate with the 26 blocks of artwork from 2010 and the 26 city blocks as they exist in 2015. Between January and May of 2015, illustrated postcards will continue to be added to the downtown Phoenix wall map, forming a single piece of art. Also, a new photographer and a new writer, along with the same sculptor and illustrator have collaborated to create a bonus ("Renaissance Hotel”) block. The 3-year installation will feature ongoing events and exhibit enhancements.
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