The Ground Up Designers have an innovative proposal for the Crow Hill Community Garden. Capped by a canopy of colored plastic cuffs that donors can buy at local businesses, the public art garden will help the community join together and bring awareness to end violence in Crown Heights. As donations increase, so will the colorful canopy that will act as a welcoming cover for the garden and outdoor event space below. Ground Up has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for the first part of the project, officially called “Art Not Arrests.”
Last Labor Day weekend, over forty bullets were fired in Crown Heights, leaving two people dead and two police officers injured. The Ground Up Designers were inspired to create a project that would unite the community after this tragedy, and thus the idea for the garden was born.”We believe that the key to reducing gun violence in Brooklyn isn’t a more extreme police force (as we often see as a response to shootings), but is better art and education programs for the youth,” write Ground Up Designers on their Kickstarter page.
The success of the CHCA Garden Installation depends on the support from the community, both financially through donations and also for construction. The color cuffs will symbolize community members’ support for stopping gun violence.
A base of metal braces will fan out to create the supporting structure for the canopy. As the donations grow, so will the canopy above. Local businesses will have the colored rings available, and anyone who makes a donation will be given a ring to personalize with a message and leave in a collection box. Ground Up Designers will collect them once a week to add to the canopy. Below, flowers and greens will be planted to create a garden, and a meeting space will be used for community gatherings, poetry readings, and other events.
In addition to the Kickstarter campaign, Ground Up Designers has entered the project into a variety of design competitions, and they are applying for the New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods grant. Supporters of the Kickstarter campaign will receive a variety of items, ranging from colorful zip tie bracelets to Art Not Arrests apparel, depending on the amount of the donation.