Silver Seas PR director River Laker tells me that the Inside Out 11M art installation on the Heironimus building at Church and Jefferson — which I wrote about for Saturday’s paper — will stay up for about three weeks.
Here’s a Vine video Laker created after the portraits were posted on the building:
A crew conducting a national public art project to raise awareness for immigration reform made a stop Friday in downtown Roanoke.
A van with a giant eye printed on its side parked outside 16 West Marketplace on Church Avenue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., taking photos of passers-by who lined up. Each subject got to pose with their larger-than-life size portraits, which were then posted on the wall of the Heironimus building next door.
The Inside Out 11M tour has visited 18 cities so far, including Roanoke, and created similar temporary art installations.
“We want every member of the community to come out, to start a conversation about immigration, but also just to acknowledge common identity,” said Meryam Bouadjemi, 24, the Baltimore artist who works as field director for the project’s East Coast photo booth van.
The van was there at the invitation of Silver Seas public relations director River Laker, who coordinates events for 16 West. Laker learned of the project and their interest in Roanoke just a week ago and set about paving the way for their visit.
“Roanoke cannot miss out on this,” he said.