Billboard Buddies

Arts + Action Community Lab

2020 — Built

Architectural Design; Exhibit Design

Billboard Buddies is a family of versatile exhibit display units, designed to be deployed in indoor and outdoor public spaces for pop-up and semi-permanent exhibitions for Indiana University Northwest's Arts + Action Community Lab. Each unit is assembled with interchangeable “hats” that provide shade and identity, and “feet” that provide stability and bench seating. Lily is a pop-up gallery wall, eager to make eye contact with public art-goers. Shameika is a cabinet of curiosities, with lips puckering affectionately when you open her doors. Pinky is a roving table, ready to offer food for a picnic or serve as a pedestal for sculptural work. Tyrone is a canopied countertop, with intimate shelves for showing off artifacts and artisan goods.

In Fall 2020, IUN Arts + Action Community Lab took the Billboard Buddies on tour around Northwest Indiana to create social-distanced, interactive cultural programming and pop-up exhibits in public parking lots.

Fabrication: Stolatis Fabrication
Photography: Lauren Pacheco, Kelly Knaga