Over the past decade, the ruins of Taylor Electric served as the city’s most famous space to view and engage with street art – a showcase for local, regional, national, and international art. The Taylor Electric Project will be an interactive art event and public engagement platform, documenting, creating art, and displaying community-contributed photos, videos, and artwork of the former ruins of Taylor Electric in SE Portland.
- Document the history of this unique art sanctuary via an online website
- Promote dialogue and build community capacity
- Reinvigorate the remaining space with vibrant murals by some of the best talent that ever graced the walls of the former ruins
- Project culminating in a weekend event, with art, music, and performance
BY CREATING A SPACE FOR ART, PEOPLE CAN REMINISCE AND APPRECIATE THE HISTORY OF THIS PLACE AND CONTINUE TO BE INSPIRED BY ITS RAW BEAUTY.
PROJECT VISION & GOALS
The Taylor Electric Project will be an interactive art event and public engagement platform commemorating the former industrial ruins of the Rexel Taylor Electric Supply Company in SE Portland – a culturally significant space for street art that was demolished in early 2015. This event will formally display community-contributed media (e.g., photographs, videos, poems, zines, articles, original artwork, etc.) taken in, and inspired by, Taylor Electric. Our project aims to create a range of community engagement opportunities that encourage diverse community participation. To accomplish this, there will be several public engagement elements that will occur through the project website, the art event, and in the community.
The central focus of this project is to create art and spaces for public learning and dialogue. At the event, local artists, community leaders, and academics will lead public discussions on various topics (e.g., street art, the politics and privatization of public space, urban exploring, insurgent place-making, and the impacts of development and urban change on the art communities). The forums will be open and promoted to the general public. With these discussions, we hope to facilitate dynamic and positive dialogue between the street art communities and other community groups like academics, neighborhood leaders, activists, developers, and business owners. The broader goals of these discussions are to educate and build new relationships between diverse communities to help increase mutual understanding, cooperation, and alliances. The street art community, while sometimes praised for their bold and colorful interventions, is often under-represented in local politics and misunderstood by the media and larger community. With these engagements, we hope to dispel some of these myths and prejudices and promote active community involvement.
In preparation for the Taylor Electric Project event, the community will be invited to contribute their personal experiences with Taylor Electric through the project’s website. This site will provide a centralized space to document and archive Taylor Electric’s history and art. It will also serve as a platform for the global community to share lived experiences interacting with and creating this unique and famous public art gallery. The public will also be invited to actively participate in this project by submitting their photos (via the website or hash-tagged as #TaylorElectricProject on social media) to produce a real-time publicly generated projection installation on a wall outside the event space.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
If you are interested in participating or volunteering your time to make this project happen, PSAA is currently looking for people with Square Space development skills, graphic designers, videographers, DJs, photography show coordinators, and more. Email PSAA to inquiry about opportunities. PSAA will be putting out a separate call to artists and photo submissions.