Empty storefronts will become mini-galleries

I am very excited to read about more art in Redwood City!

“There’s kind of this eight-second rule in public urban design,” said Lakey, co-owner of a San Jose art gallery and design firm. “If you don’t have something, people start thinking they’re going into a bad part or it’s kind of dead. So you need to connect those dots.”

With the Redwood City council’s permission on Monday, Cherri Lakey will launch her Phantom Galleries program, which will place art installations in downtown windows that currently show off bare concrete floors or crumpled butcher paper. Artists will be able to set up displays of their work for free for up to two months. Between 48 and 80 exhibits will rotate periodically.

The idea is to make the empty spaces more visually appealing and more attractive to potential tenants, said Susan Moeller, the city’s redevelopment manager.”

Read more at Redwood City Daily News

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