The park, designed by Rundell Ernstberger’s Daniel Liggett in close collaboration with Big Car Collaborative staff artists, features many ways for visitors to experience and enjoy art and nature while also socializing with others. It’s open to the public during daylight hours.
Terri Sisson Park is named after the mother of Big Car Collaborative co-founder and Tube Factory curator, Shauta Marsh. Dedicating the park to Sisson, who passed away in 2022, is especially fitting because the park is a shrine to motherhood.
“Otherhood and Motherhood are two main themes that thread through this greenspace,” Marsh stated in a news release. “It’s a place for people who have no one. It’s a space for people who have more people in their life than they know what to do with.”
In addition to the opening of the park, events Friday also celebrate the artists of the long-term residency program on the block, now at 18 affordable homes, with an exhibition in a house across from the Tube Factory, 1125 Cruft Street, in the Bean Creek neighborhood.
Also, exhibitions will be featured in two Tube Factory galleries at Guichelaar Gallery and at Listen Hear. Local artisan vendors will be set up at the night market with local food trucks, Tortas Gaucho and Hert’s BBQ, on site.
“My mother was a bottomless ocean of love and patience,” Marsh said. “She saw the best in people. And that’s the spirit the world really needs. That’s why we will celebrate her with the naming of this park. It was the meaning of her to hold a space for everyone, for total strangers, for friends, for family.”
Brief remarks begin at 6 p.m. followed by live music by Scrapper & Skeleton. Tours with Big Car staff artists are throughout the evening.
Big Car Collaborative and Tube Factory artspace expressed appreciation to Efroymson Family Fun and Allen Whitehall Clowes Charitable Foundation for major support.
The collaborative is a member of the Fountain Square Merchants, Garfield Park Neighbors Association, Bean Creek Neighborhood Association and nationally the Congress for the New Urbanism, Americans for the Arts, and Placemaking Leadership Council.
The Tube Factory is an artist-run contemporary art museum and community center that features rotating exhibits, interactive projects, community space, reference library, and outdoor gathering space.
Most of the programming is free and open to the public.