20-28 February 2018, City Museum of Ljubljana
We are launching the temporary residency of the demolished McKeldin Fountain as part of the Nonument! Mapping and Archiving Public Spaces at the City Museum in Ljubljana.
The McKeldin Fountain in the centre of Baltimore was the backdrop for the first international art intervention by the NONUMENT Group. The Fountain, which more closely resembled a park, was designated by the city as an area promoting freedom of speech. Numerous demonstrations and rallies took place there, including ones by movements such as Occupy Baltimore and Black Lives Matter, after the death of Freddie Gray.
The fountain is also one of the rare few examples of architectural brutalism in the USA. Its original name was The Waterfall, since one of its primary architectural elements was water. It was designed to connect the Port with the city centre, which is burdened by heavy traffic. The McKeldin Fountain was demolished between November 2016 and January 2017.
The NONUMENT Group documented the citizens’ testimonies and created the NONUMENT01:: The McKeldin Fountain AR app, a virtual memorial to the demolished fountain.
The exhibition will present the story of the McKeldin fountain, and the participants of the symposium will have the opportunity to try out the app before its official release!
Nonument 01 is an international project created by artists Lisa Moren, Jaimes Mayhew, Neja Tomšič, Martin Bricelj Baraga and collaborators.