The Durham community selected Mikyoung Kim to re-imagine the rapidly transforming north south corridor of Blackwell/Corcoran/Foster streets as a vibrant Arts & Entertainment District that reflects the unique character of Durham. Developers are making several hundred million dollars of investment in commercial, retail, residential, hotel, and technology-based construction along the corridor.
Durham's SmART Vision Plan focuses on art components that address barriers to walkability and connectivity including railroad tracks, drab facades, and lack of lighting and signage. The first project of the Durham SmART Initiative is a series of vibrant banners designed by Olalekan Jeyifous that hang on a garage facade to encourage pedestrians to cross the railroad tracks and explore Durham’s vibrant downtown.
Durham SmART project rendering (top), the Corcoran Street garage prior to the project (bottom)
Artist Lek Jeyifous
Art Parade at the Durham SmART project dedication
Artist Lek Jeyifous' Durham SmART proposal