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Hey there! My name is Lily, I’m sixteen years old, and I’m a junior in high school. My love of creating and studying art is what brought me to Youth Insights, where I have the opportunity to work closely with contemporary artists, create expressive artwork, expand my current knowledge and confidence about art, and be engaged with students my age who have similar passions.
I have endless interests and constantly growing likes and curiosities! I enjoy theology, philosophy, literature, history (especially the study of ancient civilizations), astrology, antiquing, traveling, adventure, music, comedy, and art of any and every sort. I am a naturally curious person, so I’m always finding hobbies or things to do to occupy my time. Art is particularly significant to my life. It’s important not only because it is a useful means of expression, but it can also be personal and universal. It has the power to influence, create political and social movements, and spark unexpected emotion. Art brings people together, and this has proved true for thousands of years.
Just a few fun facts about me, in case you were wondering:
My most exciting Halloween costume ever was “The Leaf-blower,” where I taped a single leaf on to my hat and blew on it.
I drink green tea like it’s my job.
Luna Lovegood is my favorite HP character, along with Severus Snape, Fred Weasley, and all the other characters.
My favorite shows are 30 Rock and Scrubs (which ended a while ago but I continue to watch it way too often). Also Spongebob doesn’t get enough credit, but it’s hilarious.
Edward Hopper is one of my favorite artists.
I love Tina Fey and hope that one day she’ll adopt me.
I go to summer camp (this past summer was my last as a camper), and I consider it to be my second home.
I admire the Buddha.
I think fake slo-mo is amusing.
I love my hair.
My favorite piece of advice is “Don’t let school get in the way of a good education.”
According to our plans, the bridge will serve as a place where people can gather and spend time together in little private enclosed areas within the newly-purposed bridge. The interior will consist of a sort-of hedge-maze (not the intent of the space though!), but not so that it is difficult to navigate when inside. The green hedges (possibly specked with colorful flowers, can be decorated to reflect the approaching holidays or events, and so the appearance of the hedges will be constantly changing) will be used to close off certain areas where unique, artisan-crafted benches of different lengths and designs will be placed. I propose that nothing be used to separate the bridge from the outside world (glass will not enclose or protect what is inside the bridge). Heat lamps (powered in some environmentally friendly way, possible by solar panels) will be either placed or hung in each “hedge room,” to create for a comfortable environment.
We propose that the bridge be placed in Central Park. It will be a place for New Yorkers to meet and relax in a cool and unique setting! It would be a new “attraction” that would add, in a positive way, to our city’s culture. I hope that it would inspire busy New Yorkers to stop and take in the smaller, more intimate attractions of the city. I believe it would appeal to a different New Yorker population, one that appreciates the smaller-scale, more hospitable atmosphere rather than the large, big business tradition of the city. I would certainly appreciate it!
All of our bridge ideas incorporate the concept of détournement; the idea of moving the bridge to a new location, in general, is détournement in its own form. Our plan is to alter the bridge’s structure or the bridge’s purpose, and détournement is about the idea of variation on something. What we are planning on doing, (moving and slightly altering the bridge), is a minor détournement, as we are transporting an ordinary object (although beautiful and historic) and placing it in a new context, where it will have an altered purpose.
Détournement is defined as a variation on a previous media work, and as Sherrie Levine did exactly this and emphasized the importance of repetition. Most of Levine’s artwork consists of ideas from past influential artists, and in some cases, literally photographing another artist’s pictures and hanging them on a wall. Her whole idea was about repurposing and exposing the work of previous artists, but while making it her own. Levine is a détournement artist at the core of it, as her art is, in simplest terms, a mimicry of other art. Her artwork can fall into both the “minor” and “deceptive” categories of détournement.
by Amhara, Francesca, and Lily