Public Art: The Mailbox Project
Last semester our class partnered with Ruth Meere, a local Colorado artist, to design and build a portable housing structure of 18 mailboxes. Inside each mailbox, Meere sculpted mix-media dioramas that display stories of iconic and historical Lafayette landmarks, notable community members, and popular civic happenings. By working in cooperation with the City of Lafayette, the end result has been a unique installation acting as a love letter to Lafayette, and has been well received by the community.
Necessary for structures to fit in a car for easy portability
Accessibility by viewers of varied ages and heights
Construction needed to be sturdy to handle monthly relocation and frequent handling
Integration of an interactive and social media component in cooperation with the City of Lafayette
Because the venue of the installation changes monthly, modularity is important for flexibility in display options
Standard power outlet capacity
Limited budget for materials and labor
In addition to the mailbox housing structure, I worked with Meere and the City to design and produce a vintage-inspired “Greetings for Lafayette” style postcard. The postcard further plays with the mailbox concept and reflects the contents of the mailbox dioramas in the letter vignettes of the design. The postcards accompany the mailbox installation and are offered as a take-away to further promote the City’s #whatmakeslafayettegreat social media campaign.