Swoon and The Transformazium
New Work Project Grant

Swoon and The Transformazium
New Work Project Grant

Harpo Foundation is pleased to support The Transformazium, an art installation and participatory community space in a once-abandoned church building in Braddock, Pennsylvania. Its purpose is to value and activate local relationships, ideas and resources in a post-industrial town whose residents are in the process of discovering innovative solutions to the challenges of the region.

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Together, Ruthie Stringer, Dana Bishop-Root, Leslie Stem and Caledonia Curry (aka Swoon) are reviving the majestic hall, physically transforming the steel-frame structure with a fusion of restoration, invention, construction, and original creation.

The Transformazium asserts the power of place-based art and a creative process that values and engages it’s locality.

By turning a derelict church into a neighborhood resource center and creative laboratory, The Transformazium serves as a means for investigating sustainable ways to re-imagine and rebuild post-industrial towns and cities and symbolizes the potential in breathing new life into overlooked materials, neighborhoods and spaces. (Source: Bradduck Redux grant proposal)

Special thanks to Creative Time for serving as the fiscal sponsor for this grant.

For more information about the project, please visit here.