The Passageways 2.0 permanent alleyway installation, City Thread, opens this Saturday, November 10 at 4 p.m. at 10 E. 7th St.

In a block party lasting until 7 p.m., this family-friendly event is free, open to the public and can be accessed from the 700 block of Cherry St. or the intersection of East 7th and Market Streets.

As a new permanent art piece in the 6200 square foot alley, City Thread, a concept from SPORTS, the architecture and design collaborative of Molly Hunker and Greg Corso in Syracuse, New York, is an art-as-urban-infrastructure installation that uses a continuous sculpture through the alley that allows for a multitude of uses including informal lounging/sitting, mini-stages, markets, movie screenings and more.

The evening will kick off with brief remarks from Kim White of River City Company, Katelyn Kirnie of Public Art Chattanooga along with comments from City Thread’s designers Hunker and Corso. Throughout the evening, attendees can enjoy music from local artists Spinster, Courtney Reid and DJ duo WARSAW. The Pop-Up Project will also have a dance performance at 5 p.m. along with food trucks, beer tents and other vendors spread along 700 Cherry and East 7th Streets.

Surrounding businesses are also getting in on the evening’s fun with Market City Center inviting attendees to come up on their fourth floor balcony to get a bird’s eye view of the sculpture along with other activities, free food samples from the soon to be opened Bantam and Biddy restaurant and giveaways from London Calling – a recently announced speakeasy-style bar on Cherry Street. Attendees will also get to enjoy new and long-standing businesses on the block including The Mad Priest Coffee and Cocktails, Cadence Coffee, Burns Tobacconist, and Chattanooga Billiard Club.

“Passageways 2.0 is more than an unveiling of a new sculpture; it’s the unveiling of a new public space that will serve the downtown community well,” states Kim White, President and CEO of River City Company. “While we are excited about Saturday’s block party, we are more excited to see how downtown workers, residents, businesses and visitors will use the space in the coming months. And, this program is a great example of community partners coming together to make a special place in our downtown for everyone.”

Passageways 2.0 is the next round of alleyway art and architecture installations to go up in Downtown Chattanooga’s City Center thanks to River City Company, Tinker Ma, Public Art Chattanooga, Lyndhurst Foundation and Benwood Foundation. And the opening block party would not be possible without partners First Tennessee Bank, Ragan Smith Associates and BEHR.

At the block party, participants will also get to weigh in on programs and events he or she would like to see in the alley in the coming months. In the first round of Passageways, River City Company held movie nights, concerts, holiday events, art walks and more in the participating alleys. Events will continue to draw more people into the space in addition to its daily accessibility by the general public and surrounding businesses and residents.

To secure a free ticket to the opening block party, visit the Passageways 2.0 website

About Passageways
Passageways is an alleyway re-imagination program focused in the City Center District of Downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. In the original round launched in 2016 as a joint program of River City Company and AIA Tennessee, four alleys were temporarily recreated with five high-end art and architectural installations from teams representing Chattanooga, Tenn.; New York; and Sydney, Australia.

The second round, Passageways 2.0, seeks to permanently re-imagine one alleyway in City Center into an enduring gathering space for our entire community with partners River City Company, Tinker Ma and Public Art Chattanooga and made possible through the Benwood and Lyndhurst Foundations.

Through an open request for proposals (RFP) process that began in fall 2017, 45 total proposals were submitted for Passageways 2.0 representing 11 countries. The 45 proposals were evaluated by a design jury comprised of international award-winning architects, planners and artists along with a local selection committee who narrowed the field to three. The winning design, City Thread by designers Molly Hunker and Greg Corso of SPORTS, was selected and installed in fall 2018.

SPORTS is the award-winning multidisciplinary architecture and design collaborative of Molly Hunker and Greg Corso, based in Syracuse, NY. They approach architecture in a playful way by balancing rigor and research with amusement and curiosity. Deeply engaging, their work promotes fresh and unexpected experiences in the built environment. Since forming in 2010, SPORTS has designed and constructed a number of large-scale architectural installations and pavilions around the country and they have been exhibited, reviewed and published widely.

Recently, SPORTS was highlighted as a “Firm to Watch” by Architectural Record and as “Next Progressives” by Architect Magazine. SPORTS is the recipient of a “Best of Design” Award from Architect’s Newspaper and a 2017 Arch League Prize from the Architectural League of NY.

Greg Corso is a designer from California. Greg received both his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has worked in art and architecture studios in the United States and Europe including Studio Gang, JDS Architects, and Cliff Garten Studio and has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Greg has taught architecture and design at Woodbury University, The University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, School of Architecture.

Molly Hunker is a Wyoming-raised designer and educator. Molly received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and her Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She has worked for architecture studios and art workshops along the west coast including Doug Aitken Workshop, Talbot McLanahan Architecture, Weinstein A|U and The LADG. Molly previously taught at UCLA, Woodbury University, The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where she served as the inaugural 2013–2014 Douglas A. Garofalo Fellow and is currently an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, School of Architecture.

About River City Company
River City Company is the economic development engine for Downtown Chattanooga. Through its work to cultivate and advocate for a vibrant and healthy downtown, River City Company stimulates the community’s economic, social and cultural growth.