About 601 Tully

Check out our new website! 601Tully.syr.edu

601 Tully is a center for engaged practice in Syracuse, NY developed by artist and professor Marion Wilson with a rotating collaborative team of 54 students and neighbors and Anda French of French 2Design. It's a site for meaningful exchange between artists, community members, and scholars in the co-production of culture.

601 Tully includes a contemporary art space, a public events space, a bookstore, a teaching garden, and Recess Cafe West.

In 2009, Wilson purchased the condemned two-story home and local drug hub, and throughout five semesters, Wilson's design/build class re-zoned, designed, renovated and now sustains the physical and programmatic aspects of 601 Tully. The collaborative team has consisted of artists, architects, environmentalists, Fowler High School students, Green Train Workforce, neighbors, and the occasional passerby.

601 Tully is made possible by the generous support of the Syracuse University School of Education, The Kauffman Foundation, The Near West Side Initiative, Imagining America, Home HeadQuarters Inc., Say Yes to Education, and National Grid.

Find us on Facebook!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Notes on materials found today

Materials we saw and see potential in:

Casement windows - Sherman: make two big cuts in exterior walls? more likely to use for interior partition walls/dividers

Wood flooring - Sherman: about 600 square feet in big room we toured, probably 1000 sf in entire building or about one floor's worth (of 601 tully), create different patches of floor with different materials on first floor

Orange plastic freezer door flaps (can't find a name for these anywhere) - Sherman: use as a door before a door, could be used outside somehow

Gray tile - Sherman: at least 40 sf worth, use in the kitchen or bathroom? maybe too expected, make the tiles into a blackboard/whiteboard, use a floor or wall surface, install with the ridged back facing out instead of smooth tile but can that work

Reflective sign material - Andrew's dad: use outside as trim, use in bathroom, use to line the gallery boxes

Wood shelves/trays - Restore at case supply: about three dozen on first look, use as shelving on interior wall either upright as shallow shelves/display or horizontally for depth, combine to make moving gallery wall/bookshelf, alternate shelf and surface

Electrical wire - Case supply: a possibility for south wall or fence?

Glass blocks - use in a different way or too corporate?

Glasses - Restore at case supply: use as light fixtures by cutting bottoms off or put LEDs inside, make into a wall by placing right side up and upside down side by side, insert into a wall as small circular windows to look through or like a glass block wall except with circles, make into low hanging lights, place into a frame and hang from ceiling

Granite - Restore at case supply: alternate with wood slats for flooring

Ducts and/or pipes - Case supply: cut to different heights and use outside as planters, too industrial?

Possible themes: every room as an individual collage (example - amsterdam nord), all materials used as a multiple of some dimension, everything at kid's scale, and translucent vs solid

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Do I see a fence in all of that??


So I didn't bring anything back other than some reflective because I was in a rush....but I did take pictures of all that the sign industry has to offer.

painting the exterior

hey so i was looking up directions on how to paint the outside of a house and this web site is so in detail.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

artist interested in Art, architecture, space, construction, intervention..


Jo Q. Nelson

check out his "past work" too. I think there are some interesting things to look at.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

MLab, but better


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Green Walls

An article on the green wall system we have been talking about + some decent pictures of them in action.


No Homo




here is a place we should to visit some time.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Quotes think about from Miwon Kwon's One Place After Another

"To display sculpture to its best advantage outdoors, it must be set so that it relates to the sky rather than to trees, a house, people, or other aspects of its surroundings. Only the sky, miles away, allows us to contrast infinity with reality, and so we are able to discover the sculptor's inner scale without comparison."
- Henry Moore, pg. 63

"...entry [into a work] is facilitated when the public percieves the work as performing some useful task, whether it is simply that of shade and seating, or something even remotely associated with the sense of leisure. To be guided through space in a way that rewards the passer-by is of prime value to the public."
- Janet Kardon, from the catalogue essay for the 1980 exhibition "Urban Encounters: Art Architecture Audience", pg. 66

"...site specificity has been both a means to move beyond sculpture and simultaneously a "medium" through which to serve its 'internal necessity'"
- Miwon Kwon, pg. 78

"...Tilted Arc's removal was a discrediting of a perticular model of public art - or a particular model of site specificity as I would insist - one without obvious utilitarian payoffs, one that critically questions rather than promotes the fantasies of public space as a unified totality without conflicts or difference... the sculpture's removal from Federal Plaza, when viewed as a triumphal rejection of "high art" by "the people" also signified an implicit validation of the community oriented approach to public art... The controversy [itself cast] as an exemplary instance of "the conventions of artistic expression... com[ing] into conflict with public opinion."
- Miwon Kwon, pp. 79-82

"...while there may be disagreements among different groups over the specifics, the dominant priniciple or operative basis of community-based site specificity is the presumption of a unity of identity between the artist and the community and between the community and the art work. Indeed, the commonality of this belief is the source of [disagreements in communities]...emphasis on the social stems from the belief that the meaning or value of the art work does not reside in the object itself but is accrued over time through the interaction between the artist and the community. This interaction is considered to be integral to the art work and equal to the significance (it may even be thought of as constituting the art work)..."becoming one," no matter how temporary is presumed to be a prerequisit for an artist to be able to speak with, for, and as a legitimate representative or member of the community. "
- Miwon Kwon, pp. 93-94

"...a central objective of community-based site specificity is the creation of a work in which members of a community - as simultaneously view/spectator, audience, public, and referential subject - will see and recognize themselves in the work, not so much in the sense of being ctitically implicated but of being affirmatively pictured or validated... rather than art works that are seperated or detached from the space of the audience, which reinforce social alienation and disaffection, once should sponsor works that reassure the viewing subject with something familiar and known... Therefore, the task of "reassur[ing] the viewer with an easily shared idea or subject is best accomplished when the idea or subject of the art work is determined by the community or better yet if is the community itself in some way."
- Miwon Kwon, pp. 95-96

"The investment of labor would seem to secure the participants' sense of identification with "the work" not through an iconic or mimetic identification but through the recognition of its own labor in the creation of, or becoming of, 'the work.'"
-Miwon Kwon, pp. 96-97

"A culturally fortified subject, rendered whole and unalienated through an encounter or involvement with an art work, is imagined to be a politcally empowered social subject with opportunity (afforded by the art project) and capacity (understood as innate) for artistic self-representation (= political self determination)."
- Miwon Kwon, pg. 97

Business Plan Competition- Jan 22 deadline


reposting just as a reminder on our list of things to do

Garden ideas....

Saw this for another class...Some interesting ways to think about water.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Dear Class,
We have spent a good part of the day getting cost estimates for this cafe funknwaffles scenario and we are unable to get a firm enough commitment from them and it is well above 100k more than what I have already raised and have in place.

You have worked really hard and are an inspiration and a wonderful model for this kind of work and it is an honor to be working together. My top priority is that we get this building built within the scope of what we have and what we have designed so well together already.

So edit back one week and this is where we stand now and as we move forward:
*one stair
*30 people assembling downstairs
*10 upstairs
*downstairs is classroom space and large counters for "exchanges" and rotating businesses
possibly a transformable space that can be divided into tow - or create a private classroom space and more public space
*no cafe
*two bathrooms - 1 up one down
*room within a room upstairs
*3 offices upstairs
*efficiency kitchen (sink and frig)

Southwall as is.
I really feel we were moving too far from our mission and our community partners with this cafe on the table.
Our focus is on education, our community partners of Stephen Parks, Say Yes, Folwer HS and Gear UP and jobs and involvement of neighborhood students. Now and long term.

Whichever original group you were in please continue to flesh out the details - and begin to think about materials and collaborative processes.
Back to work and carry on.
Email me if you have questions.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

so i was looking at pictures of all different houses and color of houses and these two really made me think of things we should think about doing with our house along the lines of playing with color like we talk. The white building made me think what if we drew a line where shadows wher created at one point of the day.. and then colored that area in with a lighter or darker area so that we would not just be paying with sides of the building but with the building as a whole and an image of it at different times of the day playing with shadows and what time it really is in the day when viewing it.

this image really played on different shapes of the building and forground and background. I thought it was interesting to look at.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Sunday, November 8, 2009

601 tully=BNY???

So I was watching this video on the Brooklyn Navy Yard and I came across this image on the video.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Teachers from Blodgett give feedback on lot

Jermaine Soto, site coordinator at Blodgett school, asked teachers and administrators what they thought about incorporating the lot at 601 Tully with their curricula. His initial efforts elicited some pretty positive feedback, much of it corresponding directly to discussions we've had!
(Contact information for responders forthcoming.)

- Social Studies
a) NYS Standard - Economics - farming, cost of raising crops (vegetables, fruits, flowers etc) and profit - how much can they sell. - developing a farm stand.
b) Science - ecology /environmental science/biology.

- It’s possible, with proper planning, I could have [601 Tully] be part of a social studies class. I could bring my classes to help with the design and maintenance of the garden, [with] weeding and tilling.

- I love the idea of having the students involved in gardening. It's healthy on so many levels. I've often thought that we have a unique gardening opportunity in our internal patios (in addition to the 601 site) but have never been able to pursue it. I would hope they could be utilized, perhaps renovation could address options.

- I am not a classroom teacher but I see lots of applications. The science curricula at most grade levels includes plants. You could tie in with math; graphing the growth [cycles of plants], plotting out where to place the plants, measuring out distances... Students could [also] write about the experience, [as] steps in a process.

- Years ago Cicero Elementary started a garden and the whole school was involved...someone may want to contact them to find some ideas that worked well.

- I think that's a terrific idea that would have many benefits for the community, especially the students. If the staff knows about this ahead of time, it allows for including it in the curriculum all year long. For example, science and math can be taught using the garden as a "tool" (couldn't resist the pun-sorry!) I'm sure there is a lot of info online about other community gardens to help in the planning. As an ESL teacher, I welcome any educational endeavors that are hands-on, and it is more meaningful for all students, too.
Probably the main concern would be vandalism of the garden,
but I think other similar projects would have suggestions for this. I also think there are a number of groups to pull volunteers from, such as garden clubs, retired seniors, etc, whose members would really enjoy helping children make a connection with nature. In fact, the National Wildlife Federation (I'm a member) offers guidance on bringing children closer to the natural world.

- When I read this I automatically thought about the fruit stand that was at the State Fair this year. High school students volunteered their time to sell fruit at the fair and also at the Syracuse Farmer's market. The market now accepts food stamps. I have 2 ideas.
1. When the garden is plentiful, possibly selling the fruit/veggies to the community and/or
2. Having students and/or the community volunteer their time to till the garden for 2 hours a week and in return they can take a small bag of veggies home with them.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Assignment 1

Assignment 3

Assignment Interior

Design of South Facade as of 11/1/09

Eric's collage interpretation of 601Tully through the eyes of Rick Lowe.

I have been doing some color studies of the neighborhood. in the pictures i post i am looking at the colors chosen by house owners, how the colors of the buildings next to each other play off each other, and the houses that have multiple colors on the same surface.