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'Open Spaces' transform empty Chattanooga storefronts

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -  Take a stroll down Georgia Avenue and  you may notice something a little different.

“It will appear that the books are being disturbed by the passerby's and kind of fluttering up,” Fine Artist Hollie Berry said.

Berry and her husband Rudy Elizondo teamed up to create an installation piece inside an empty storefront. The piece was inspired by Berry's love for books.

“I'm an avid reader and I'm a book artist as well and I spend a lot of time thinking about the ways books can transport you to other places,” she said.

A couple feet away, Berry also helped start a lending library.

“I just brought a couple books from home and put them in there and the next day all the books were gone and all new books were in their place,” she added.

It's all part of a program called Open Spaces started by River City Company. It gives artists, developers and designers on a local and regional level a way to transform empty storefronts.

There are 19 installations total that cover 6th Street to Martin Luther King Boulevard and from Chestnut Street to Georgia Avenue.

“We didn't want to prohibit it and say you have to be an artist to be part of Open Spaces, we wanted you to just have a really cool idea and have the capacity to pull it off,” River City Company Communications Director Amy Donahue said.

Giving this couple a way to work together on a level like never before.

“We work really well together when we work together but from a different direction. 
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