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Interview on Alaska Public Radio

in Design Labs, Fairbanks

Looking For Love Again artist Candy Chang was interviewed by KUAC. Listen to the story on


in Design Labs, Juneau

Rebar posted a day 1 update on their blog. The first deployment of the Sho-Globe is set for Wednesday April 13, on eighth floor patio of the State Office Building.

Chandy Chang at the Blue Loon on Tuesday, April 12

in Design Labs, Fairbanks

Candy Change – public installation artist, designer, urban planner – will give a brief presentation at 6pm on Tuesday, April 12 at the Blue Loon, on both Looking For Love Again as well as her greater body of work. This is a free event. Reception to follow. Please join us.

Sewing Volunteers Needed on April 12 & 13

in Anchorage, Design Labs

Trial run at the Flattop foothills

Anchorage: we need your help. Do you have a sewing machine and a little free time to help us sew 100 15′x15′ pieces of brilliant yellow fabric, to be used in the performances of Soft Pavilion? Join artists Pezo von Ellrichshausen and ADF coordinator Garrett Burtner, and get down with the yellow.

We have two sewing sessions scheduled, from 1pm-7pm on Tuesday April 12 & Wednesday April 13. Location: the MCG Architects annex, which is the red building across from MCG, at 901 W. Photo Ave. (near Northern Lights and Arctic).

Please send an email to if you are interested and available. We appreciate your assistance in making this project happen. Read more

Gathering Foods for NIĠĠIVIK / EATING PLACE

in Design Labs, Nome

The Niġġivik / Eating Place team spent Monday collecting local foods from the people of Nome. Artists Iain and Petia (of Spurse) are blogging about the project at

Polar bear

Pickled muktuk

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Tell Us Your Hopes and Memories of the Polaris Building

in Design Labs, Fairbanks

The street-level component of Looking For Love Again opened for business yesterday, with the installation of the chalk holders. By nightfall, people had begun to participate –  sharing their memories of the past, and dreams of the future – by writing on the chalkboards.

For those who are not able to participate in downtown Fairbanks, Candy will soon launch a website that will accept memories of and dreams for the Polaris building (a virtual chalkboard). We’ll post the website address here within the next day or so. Read more

We Have The Power

in Design Labs, Juneau

Blaine and Adam of Rebar are working in a vacant storefront space in downtown Juneau.  The first order of business (after shopping for supplies), was to wire up the portable power system.

Next, they began lining out the skin for the Sho-Globe.


Update From Homer

in Design Labs, Homer

Visiting artist Hasan Elahi has a sizable stock of videos to work with for the Community Video Portrait project. The videos – of Homer residents – were recorded by other Homer residents, using video cameras provided by the Alaska Design Forum and made available through the Bunnell Street Arts Center.

COMMON SPACE in Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

in Design Labs, Fairbanks

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Looking Good

in Design Labs, Fairbanks

Yesterday Candy Chang, David Hayden and the Fairbanks crew finished the stitching (to make the construction fabric “canvas” the necessary dimensions), and painted the first word.

If all goes according to plan, the painted fabric will ornament the Polaris building by Thursday or Friday. Thanks to Sue, Jessica, Carol, Dave, Jack, Trent and Mike for helping to stitch, grid and paint, and to Bettisworth North for providing the grid printouts. Read more

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