It’s that time of year again… The time where the weather starts to get nice, summer is right around the corner, and the construction crews begin to take over our community. Now from my experience, most people aren’t exactly a fan of all the construction that spring and summer bring and, in a sense, I’m not the biggest fan either. Just the other day I was almost late for work because construction on the highway had traffic down to one lane, I had to cross the street four times more than usual because every sidewalk seems to be closed downtown, and for as long as I can remember, the constant pounding of hammers, beeping of cranes, and yells of workers have invaded my office on the fifth floor of the Bellin Building. But the worst (and best) part about it is that there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
That’s the glory of Green Bay.
There is always something going on to revitalize our community and that is why I will never truly complain about being surrounded by construction. Whenever I look out the window of our office, I am reminded that I have seen Backstage at the Meyer materialize right in front of my eyes, and then I turn my head and see the beginnings of the Metreau apartment building across the street. If I look a little farther down Washington, I see the CityDeck apartments almost ready to open, a completed Schreiber building, and if I would turn the corner, even more projects!
If that’s not inspiration in itself, I don’t know what is.
But what if we could turn all of the construction eyesores into something beautiful?
That’s exactly what Croatian architectural lighting design studio, Skira did. Recently, they transformed mundane shipyard cranes into something incredible. They took the industrial machinery and reimagined each crane to create a hypnotic ballet made of light, metal, and sound. The team took the cranes, things that were a staple of the landscape but not typically recognized for their beauty and grace, and transformed them into “Lighting Giants,” a colorful, magical display meant to resemble origami paper cranes.
Can you imagine how our opinion of construction would change if we were to reimagine its purpose? If we were to abandon the equipment’s industrial use and create one solely based on aesthetic? Our summer skyline would be BEAUTIFUL!
So next time you think to yourself how horrible and unappealing all of the construction is, remember that inspiration might be right outside of your window.
Check out Skira’s work here.