Played July 23, 2017
Reviewed by Mr. Tee
The Pink Putter’s traveling art installation and exchange vehicle, Barter Boat, was one of the anchor projects for Baltimore’s annual immersive art, food, and music festival Artscape this July 2017. I tagged along with Robin to help transport and install this massive interactive art piece with the promise of some mini golf exploration along the way. As coincidence would have it, a new temporary artist-designed mini golf course was opened in conjunction with Artscape. No-brainer! I played it.
Birdie – Artist-designed mini golf courses that engage student learners of varying levels and a larger community hit a sweet spot with me. Sure, I worry about the sustainability of this specific course given several holes had seen significant wear and tear by the end of the first weekend. Some of the materials utilized in fabrication lack durability but this course has oodles of imagination and offers up good fun. I can picture the kids coming up with the ideas and prototypes in the classroom. Simple holes featuring cartoon animals, junk food, video game characters, basketball, fruit carts, and music just make sense together. The 8 holes on 12′ x 4′ green turfed canvases provided a wonderful escapist journey within the larger urban landscape this course inhabits.
Station North Mini Golf Website – includes info on all of the artists, digital renderings, and prototypes
Fun playful obstacles
Diverse and wide ranging community engagement that includes middle school through college students
Variety of play given the limited space
Functionality of several holes
Materials used to fabricate the course may not sustain heavy usage
- 8 holes, Par 25
- K-12 Students – Free All others – $5 suggested donation. Cash only
- Open Thursday – Sunday. Thursday – Friday 5-9pm. Saturday – Sunday 12-9pm from July through October.
- A variety of rubber covered putters and colored balls available.
- Students from the four schools worked with local artists Dave Eassa, Megan Lewis, Samantha Redles and Jose Roserio-Curet in moving their designs from paper to pavement. Design process was developed and overseen by FutureMakers, Baltimore-based education consultants. The artists’ drawings were translated into workable designs by local architects Gensler & Associates, with construction by OpenWorks. The site plan was the work of Mahan Rykiel, a local landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm. Students from four Balti schools worked with local artists Dave Eassa, Megan Lewis, Samantha Redles and Jose Roserio-Curet in moving their designs from paper to pavement.
- Funded by a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, plus contributions from local organizations and philanthropies