Bearing in mind the impact that the changes in Saint-Étienne were having on the cityscape and social fabric, Public Urban Planning Agency of Saint-Etienne called for entries in a competition for plans to transform the former site of the petrol station into a temporary artistic installation.
Backed by an investment of 30,000 euros, the winning proposal was that of a cooperative process of turning the barren block into a fertile place by means of citizen participation and professional assistance.
The supposed setting for Hey Arnold is Brooklyn, although some place setters are off the animators did a fair job of drawing Brooklyn. Tucked away in the westside of Park Slope is an abandon baseball field — Old Lady’s Field, that bears an uncanny resemblance of Hey Arnold’s Gerald’s Field
Sam visits an empty lot in Point Breeze where artist Maria Moller has created a temporary elegy to the past and the people who once lived in a house no longer there. Read his “Ode to a Vacant Lot” here!