How can the sites of former coal mines, those strange landscapes scarred by decades of digging and desecration, serve the public in a post-industrial America? That was the question posed to the students of The Somewhere Project, a design studio at the University of Kentucky College of Design, as they considered how to transform a prototypical mine site in the Appalachian Basin in Kentucky into a contemporary arts institution.
Led by Brent Sturlaugson, Jeffrey Johnson, and cofounders of Only If Adam Frampton and Karolina Czeczek, The Somewhere Studio brief was formed through a partnership with Somewhere Appalachia, an initiative established by Brook Smith that is currently seeking to transform a former Kentucky coal mine with an arts destination.
Students were also asked to design a space for Cripplewood (Kreupelhout) (2012-2013), a 59-foot sculpture of a fallen tree created by the artist Berlinde de Bruyckere that the artist first exhibited at the 2013 Venice Biennale and has since agreed to permanent display within a coal mining site through Somewhere Appalachia.
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