A 3-block stretch of the median along Navigation Blvd. was outfitted yesterday with some functional swag — bike racks, bus stops, solar panels and LED string lights, shade screens, benches — designed to perk up the East End streetscape into a shaded little walkable market dubbed The Esplanade. The stretch in question spans N. St. Charles and Delano, running alongside the Original Ninfa’s and the recently opened El Tiempo Cantina.
Directed by none other than the Art Guys, the team of artists who put together this stuff included wacky playhouse designers Metalab, Gary Sweeney, and Anthony Thompson Schumate. Additionally, it appears that new trees were planted and frames were set around some of the original live oaks trees to create patios; kiosks designed by Metalab and Merge Studios will eventually be installed as well for vendors to set up shop later this fall.
The whole thing is set to be completed Oct. 19.
- Art about to go in at Navigation Boulevard esplanade [Prime Property]
- Navigation Boulevard esplanade gets an artist-approved makeover as East End revitalization continues [Culturemap]
- Philips Hadco Ringo [Metalab Blog]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Backyard Playhouse Only The Art Guys Could Ask For
Photos: Allyn West