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A Laser Rainbow Will Be Projected From East Rock For Four Nights Next Week
Site Projects is a New Haven non-profit that commissions internationally-acclaimed artists to create temporary, free visual art in the city's public spaces. In 2010, the group was responsible for the 110-foot-tall, trippy, orange, dimension-defying mural "Square with four circles" by Felice Varini that can still be viewed from Chapel Street, between Temple and College streets, down the alley leading to Temple Plaza. In 2007 they had artist Matej Vogrincic create large-scale metallic canoes inspired by New Haven-made Erector Sets and install them into the dried bed of the Farmington Canal. In 2006 they placed giant balloon sculptures in the Great Hall of Dinosaurs at the Peabody Museum. Many Elm City residents only heard about these displays firsthand, by simply walking by and witnessing the construction. Engaging the public in this casual way, in places where high art is not normally found, is part of Site Projects' mission. But most passerby don't know who is responsible for it or why it's there.
By Mike Sembos
April 17, 2013