HGN: Crosstown Concourse incorporates salvaged and new art in its final touches
As organizations move into Crosstown Concourse and it approaches its May 2017 opening date, artists and contractors are putting the final touches on the $200 million renovation.
The project, originally launched under the direction of Crosstown Arts, has married the art-making into the creation process down to the smallest details. Contractors are using salvaged elements from the building’s original use as Sears, Roebuck & Co. regional distribution center to beckon back to the building’s history.
“There are moments throughout the building where we will either have artists fabricate pieces, or where we’ve reclaimed and reused aspects of the former Sears building and woven them into the design of the renovation in such a way that they honor or point to the building’s history,” Richardson said.
The building, which is Memphis’ most significant renovation project to-date, will also include 45,000-square-feet of contemporary arts gallery and performance space operated by Crosstown Arts.