About 601 Tully

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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.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Oswego tea, rain gardens

Rain gardens form a subtly concave, curved, oblong section of the land where water drainage collects, like the kidney of the garden. Planting deep-rooted perennials prevents soil erosion,very picturesque. Yesterday, after our hypertufa casting, some of us had conversation with a resident who lives near the Oswego/Tully intersection and he has a great rain garden going on.

We should look into the plant Oswego Tea (Monarda didyma). Herbal medicinal in the mint family (Lamiaceae)
a great "companion plant",
bright showy petals,
does well in moist soil of many types,
its pollen attracts helpful pollinators. and just because of its serendipitous name.

...they can yield results that go beyond a particular artifact. These transformations involve dealing with larger patterns, including patterns that may not be visible and patterns that vary over time...New landscape elements can become niches for species forced out of their original environment.
A Landscape Manifesto, D. Balmori

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