The new cohort of artists working on the Park River Project have envisioned creating a path that connects the campus of the University of Hartford to neighborhoods to the north. This path would include a living bridge over the river, as well as animal habitats, an artist’s residency, and environmental observation stations. We envision this path as a way to engage local community members with the environment around them to foster regenerative relationships between people, flora, and fauna. Our project focuses on bridging North Hartford to the University of Hartford, humans to humans, humans to nature by physically building a bridge, creating interactive installations, and creating programming that engages the community.
Some of the key goals of this project are to:
- Enhance the quality and responsible use of public waterways
- Provide a space where people can engage with the Park River while learning about the local flora and fauna; a place for artists to make creative projects; a place where field work can be conducted
- Co-create a Living Bridge with living trees and vines that connects not only a physical space, but also visitors with ecology beyond their geographical location as the river is a line of energy enjoyed by all, including local animals.
- Build Observation Stations made of ecologically conscious materials
- Acknowledging the river’s history
- Engage on a deeper level in the culture of the river through its history, its active ecology, and its movement, as a curated artistic experience.