Saint Etienne Residents Transform Wasteland into Public Square and Garden
Collectif Etc won the commission through the Public Urban Planning Agency of Saint-Etienne to design and manage the rehabilitation of the 670 sq meter space into a public square. Part of their task was to engage the residents of the area in the project. Collectif Etc envisioned a public square complete with gardens, outdoor furniture, public art works and space for the community to gather, celebrate and take part in events and activities.
Before the process began, Collectif Etc went to a number of community meetings and met with residents to educate them about the work that was to take place. Signs were placed up all over the neighborhood and during the month of work a Collectif Etc representative was always on hand to tell people walking by what was going on and how they could help.
Finally a graphic design workshop was held to teach people about the elements of design and then help paint the large apron walls that serve as a backdrop for the park.
First, a carpentry workshop allowed residents to help build the outdoor furniture that would sit in the park.
Then a gardening workshop was open for those who wanted to learn more about plants or help with the garden.
|Each friday a group of women worked together to cook a large meal, which was offered for a reasonable cost per plate.|
Then on Saturdays, the space hosted circus troupes, fire throwers and other entertainment acts.
Finally on Sundays, the space was used to host an outdoor movie.
Place au Changement is more commonly known to the residents as the Place of the Giant
(in honor of the large mural on the wall painted by Ella & Pitr)