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AREA 4 YOUTH CENTER

With a characteristic whimsy, artist John Tagiuri is creating cast concrete lazy chairs, a grand stairway, and two endless-column living room lamps by the youth center's back patio. The artist's proposal developed out of several meetings with the young members of the Center, who originally drew his attention to the problematic connection between the building and the adjacent park. The stairway will function as an artistic "grand stand" for the Sennott Park basketball court. As part of the project, Tagiuri held workshops at the youth center where the members documented the everyday culture and spirit of the center and their own communities in hundreds of Polaroid photos.

Tagiuri has completed several large public projects and is noted for his community involvement and his commitment to art as a means of exploring social and environmental issues. His guerrilla art project "SUV Driver Violation Ticket" has gained national attention. His sculptures have been exhibited by several museums, including the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Attleboro Museum of Art, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, and the Boston Center for the Arts.