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special projects

Confluence Park Receives AIA Honor Award

Confluence Park has received the prestigious AIA Honor Award for 2019. Stuart Allen served as project manager for the Park for eight years, walking the design through multiple iterations and ultimately overseeing the construction of this remarkable public space. READ MORE

Chalk it up 2017

Stuart Allen and Cade Bradshaw (Bridge Projects) were the featured artists for Artpace‘s Chalk it Up 2017. They created an interactive city and invited the public to draw on the buildings, shape their plot, and add features to the “Calcium Carbonopolis” urban plan.

Paper Cloud Installation

Paper Cloud is an installation of 140 unique paper lights. The project was initially created as a temporary installation for the 2017 AIA San Antonio Beaux Arts Ball at the Light Building in San Antonio, TX. It was a collaborative endeavor, constructed by more than 70 individuals. Over the course of eight workshops, more than 800 person hours went into its construction and installation.

The project is coordinated and executed by Stuart Allen and Cade Bradshaw (Bridge Projects).

Kite Travels: Guatemala

The second of two trips funded by a travel grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation in New York, Allen traveled to Sumpango, Guatemala in the fall of 2013 to witness and photograph the remarkable Barriletes Gigantes. These enormous kites, flown on the Day of the Dead, are perceived as direct links to ancestors’ spirits.

Click Here for the resulting photographs and more information.

Kite Travels: Italy

Funded by a travel grant from the Peter S. Reed Foundation in New York, Allen traveled to Cervia, Italy in 2013 to photograph and participate in the 33rd Annual Cervia International Kite Festival.

Click Here for the resulting photographs and more information.

Chalk it Up, San Antonio, Texas

This is a great event and its gets bigger and better every year. My contribution this time around was an arrangement of about 2000 sticks of white chalk, laid down on top of a field of blue contractors chalk. Special thanks to John Keedy for his assistance!

Grocery Bag Kite Project

Here’s a project inspired by a grocery bag. In 2007, the Texas-based Central Market stores began using a paper bag bearing a clever little narrative about how the bag would like to be made into a kite (see the website link for the full text). Since I have a reputation as a kite-guy, a bunch of people called my attention to the bag. I put out a request for used bags and soon had a large pile of them in the studio.READ MORE

27.779°N / 97.096°W – December 2, 2006

In 2003, I made a series of 16 red and white kites for a temporary installation at 101 California Street in San Francisco, CA. Subsequently, I installed the kites in two other venues: the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN, and San Antonio College, about 3 blocks from my home and studio in San Antonio, TX. Photographs of these installations can be found HERE.