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This activity is in conjunction with the exhibition In Hand: Contemporary Material Engagements with the Built World. Nicole Seisler’s public art project invites participants to join together on local walks with blocks of wet porcelain in-hand, which they use to make impressions of architectural details that visually and culturally define a place. The raw clay acts as a conduit that heightens our individual sensation of touch and physical connection to our surroundings. The resulting ‘souvenirs’ become records of particular moments in time and place. One side of each ceramic object captures texture and pattern lifted from surfaces nearby, while the other side retains lines and marks from the hand that once held it.
Participants are invited to make an Athens souvenir by joining this community walk on Court Street. As the Athens collection of Hand Pressed Souvenirs grows throughout the duration of the exhibition, so too does the evidence of a community’s relationship to place.
Participants should meet at the Ohio University Alumni Gateway, on the corner of Court Street and Union Street.
Paid, parallel parking is available along Court Street, Union Street, and Washington Street. There is also a paid parking garage (Athens City Garage) on Washington Street. Ohio University's parking lots are also free on Saturdays. Please give yourself enough time to find parking and walk to the meeting place (Ohio University Alumni Gateway).
Walk Leaders: Len Loomis, Graduate Student in Sculpture & Hannah Moulen, Graduate Student in Printmaking
This is a FREE program for community members of all ages. Please note that individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Visit the exhibition to see how, as the Athens collection of Hand Pressed Souvenirs grows throughout the duration of the exhibition, so too does the evidence of our community’s relationship to place.
In Hand: Contemporary Material Engagements with the Built World, curated by Kate Hampel and Sam Dodd (Sept. 22, 2023 - March 31, 2024).
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