Wayne County residents asked to submit photos, participate in Phantoscope

The community is invited to submit photos of their favorite places in Wayne County and to participate in a one-day public art workshop, Phantoscope.

The workshop is presented by the Wayne County Cultural Atlas in conjunction with City Life. The Phantoscope event is intended to build awareness and support for public art in the community. Phantoscope is 11 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday, October 3, and will be a part of City Life from 6-10 p.m. at Glen Miller Park.

Funded by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Wayne County Cultural Atlas is a collaborative, community-driven planning project. A team of community leaders is working with the public to identify and highlight cultural points of pride and potential. These select locations and personal stories gathered with them will later be used for a mapping and public art project that helps residents and visitors better enjoy and appreciate the rich culture — past, present, and future — of Wayne County.

Phantoscope will begin earlier in the day and culminate in a one-night, community-based, public art event. The name “Phantoscope” is taken from the projector used by inventor Charles Francis Jenkins, who in 1894 presented the world’s first motion picture at 726 Main Street in Richmond.

The workshop celebrates this event and provides an opportunity for participants to collaborate in the creation of a time and light-based sculptural installation with artist Greg Hull. Hull is a native of Wayne County and currently resides in Indianapolis where he is an associate professor of sculpture at the Herron School of Art and Design.

“The workshop will be a vehicle to talk about public art and its role within communities, to demonstrate methods of developing ideas and sculptural forms, and to work with the workshop participants in the creation of a collaborative temporary work of public art,” Hull said. “I will provide materials and basic tools that will allow us to make a variety of forms that we can then use as a structure for projecting digital images. These will be displayed during an outdoor exhibition later that night which tells the story of our shared community and region.”

The community and students are welcome to participate in the workshop by submitting photographs of their favorite places. The photographs will be used to combine everyone’s personal description of the Wayne County community. Participants are encouraged to use their creativity and imagination to contribute photographs that they feel describe Wayne County.

All images that are shared may be projected as part of the public performance during City Life. Photos should be submitted by Thursday, October 1, and may be submitted online at https://wctourism.formstack.com/forms/cultural_atlas_phantoscope_art_event.

Those interested in participating in the workshop on October 3 should contact Greg Hull at gghull@iupui.edu.

To learn more about the Wayne County Cultural Atlas, visit culturalatlas.org.