Erika Blumenfeld, Insta11ations artist working with District D in Houston, has reimagined her original project Sky Scrolls: Houston. Rather than producing a sculpture installed outside in the urban environment, she has decided to embed the sculpture within the community itself. Blumenfeld’s Sky Scrolls: Houston artwork is a collection of written personal narratives of people’s experiences of wonder gazing up at the stars.
Blumenfeld invited the Houston community to participate in this public artwork for her Sky Scrolls project. Community members were invited to submit a night sky story from a past or current experience; these stories could describe experiences in any part of the world. Sky Scrolls submissions from District D residents were 3D etched inside a 4-inch crystal sphere and given to their respective storytellers. Blumenfeld logged the relative placement of each sphere within the community and created a symbolically plotted map visualizing the constellation of the Sky Scroll stories as an artwork within the community. The stories are showcased on Blumenfeld’s Sky Scrolls website. Anyone was welcome to submit a story, but only District D residents received the crystal sphere. To learn more about the project, or see what upcoming celestial phenomena are happening, visit: skyscrolls.com.