Pothole Possibilities

Sarah Amato And Monique Mcfarlane

100 Street, west of Churchill Square

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Pothole Possibilities addresses a local irritant and obsession: the persistent pothole. Though the City of Edmonton fixes an astonishing 450,000 potholes each year, frustration about urban transportation craters is a constant presence in media discussions and ordinary conversations. Even proposals for creative initiatives are met with calls to “fix potholes instead!” Taking the view that these are not either-or alternatives, Pothole Possibilities invites attendees to engage city streets and see pitted pavements as art.

Throughout the night, the artists will decorate cracked roadway. In the exhibition area, pothole replicas will be elevated as art, mounted on plinths and decorated as amusing vignettes. Attendees will have opportunities to compose letters, poems, drawings, collages and other pothole-related musings. These might express civic pride, ideas for street art and other urban projects.

Sarah Amato holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto with a specialization in history and material culture. Her book Beastly Possessions: Animals in Victorian Consumer Culture is forthcoming with the University of Toronto Press in August 2015. Monique Mc Farlane specializes in exhibition development and collections management. She has worked at several arts and heritage institutions, including the Royal Alberta Museum and Royal Ontario Museum. McFarlane earned her Masters degree in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto in 2012.

This project is presented with support from the Edmonton Arts Council.