Visit the first Open houses
On Saturday, April 23rd over 150 people visited nine Open houses in Levittown, NY designed and executed by architects, designers and artists in collaboration with the homeowners. Services were available, and over $1500 was raised by the homeowners.
By bus from Studio-X New York
Buses to Levittown departed from Studio-X New York at 1:00 pm and departed from Levittown at 6:00 pm, returning visitors to Studio-X New York. Lunch was provided on the bus.
Visitors could the train to Hicksville station and get picked up by shuttle bus to Levittown.
Bright Dawn Farm
by Freecell (Lauren Crahan & John Hartmann)
Passers-by are invited into the backyard, which has been transformed into a farm by the homeowner, an avid weekend gardener. Visitors can buy Bright Dawn Farm herbs or vegetables directly from the farmer at the pick-up window. A transformation of the residential lawn into money-generating local agriculture.
Freecell, founded in 1999, is a collaboration of Lauren Crahan and John Hartmann. The studio is an open organism – one in which different influences, specialties, and disciplines inform the work – with the intention is to balance the functional with the experimental.
Most recently, Freecell completed a ten-day participatory art installation for the Times Square Valentine entitled, Lighthearted. They were one of five finalists chosen to propose a temporary installation for the 2010 MOMA-PS1 Summer Warm-Up and created custom D.I.Y. cardboard multiples to provide seating and spatial markers for the show The Art of Participation at SFMOMA.
Lauren received her degrees in architecture and art from Rhode Island School of Design. John received a degree in architecture from Cooper Union and was a recipient of the American Academy’s Rome Prize.