The Flint Public Art Project and Stefan Eins are beginning conversations with local producers to develop a cultural concept for public art in Flint, Michigan.
Eins founded an alternative space in the South Bronx in 1978 that was a key inspiration for the Flint Public Art Project.
A pioneer of the Soho artist colony, in 1967, Eins moved from Vienna to New York, and by the spring of 1973 he settled in a ground-floor cast-iron storefront on Mercer Street, opening up one of the first artist-run galleries in the district. Eins lived in a room in back and in front ran a gallery open to proposals from all visitors.
He wanted to sell inexpensive art that was easy for everyone to buy.
Soho had only a few years earlier begun transitioning from a half-abandoned landscape of brick-paved streets lined with 19th-century cast-iron warehouses. The city designated the neighborhood an urban renewal area in the 1960s: it intended to demolish all of the cast-iron buildings and replace them with a highway to Jersey City. But a group founded by a writer and editor at Architectural Forum named Jane Jacobs spearheaded community opposition to the project, and finally in 1968, they succeeded in stopping it.
Charlotte Street, South Bronx
Crash, Fashion Moda
City Maze, Jane Dickson