A winding path leads to the focal point of the design, a circular gathering place reminiscent of a gazebo or tent. The canopy of the structure is made from stainless steel mesh and letters. Sunlight projects shadow words into the interior of the space to create a space of light, shadow, pattern, and history. The interior features simple seats and tables made from wood and concrete. It is an invitation to view, congregate, think, explore, and celebrate history and the traditions of Greensboro old and new.
Meeting Place was initiated as the tradition cornerstone of the Downtown Greenway.
Complete with a permaculture orchard, maintained by Dr. Charlie Headington and local volunteers, it is a community gathering place to celebrate traditions old and new.
The woven stainless steel mesh of the canopy evokes Greensboro's textile industry. Words welded to the mesh are excerpts from letters of General Nathanael Greene to George Washington before and following the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, 1781. The letters reference not only the battle, but also the landscape of this part of North Carolina. The lettering is derived from Greene’s own writing, creating an intimate connection with this past event.
Location: Downtown Greenway, Greensboro, NC
Size: 30’d 18’h
Materials: steel, wood, concrete, permaculture orchard
Client: The Downtown Greenway
Materials: Stainless steel, concrete, wood, earthworks, permaculture orchard
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