The Amherst Public Arts Commission is collaborating with Emily Dickinson Museum producing a major art installation of 40 "Little White Houses" up and down the Dickinson Corridor opening May 12, by the young artist, Peter Krasznekewicz. Peter was inspired by Christo (who created "The Gates" at Central Park), to build a large outdoor installation, but he took it a step further by creating a public art installation with no waste. The sustainable "FSC" plywood used to build the "Little White Houses" will be donated to Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity at the end of this project.
Peter K is donating another 500 panels (one-foot square scraps from the "Little White House" construction) to local artists and students to paint a visual response to one of Emily Dickinson's poems of their own choosing. The installation of panels will be called "Emily's Rhapsody." A few selected pieces will appear this spring at the Dickinson Museum. The majority of these panels will be installed in the Amherst Biennial. All participating artists will have an option to keep their piece or donate it to a future "green art" project.
The "Little White House" project will launch on May Day with two colorful houses by two Boston Graffiti artists at the Jones Library Atrium, 43 Amity Street. The balance of the white houses will appear for the grand opening reception and Poetry Walk at the Emily Dickinson Museum on May 12. Visit the Emily Dickinson Museum website for more details.