On July 18, the High Museum of Art will unveil a large-scale, interactive design installation “Mi Casa, Your Casa” by contemporary Mexican designers Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena in the center of the Woodruff Arts Center’s campus on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza. The site-specific work will launch a two-year initiative to activate the outdoor space with performances, art-making activities, and other special events.

“Mi Casa, Your Casa” draws its inspiration from a basic form recognizable and relatable to all—the home. The project features 36 three-dimensional, open frames in the shape of a house installed in a large grid on the Piazza, with four singular forms placed around the Woodruff Arts Center campus. The vibrant red 8 x 8 x 10.5-foot steel frames will be installed in this first pattern through Sept. 7 to coincide with the High’s major exhibition “Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas.” In the fall, the structures will be re-installed in a second pattern for the opening of the Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra seasons.

Hammocks, swings, easels, bins of chalk, and buckets of bubble water, among other elements, will offer daytime leisure and recreation options throughout the summer. The High and other divisional partners of the Woodruff Arts Center (Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Arts for Learning) will also utilize the installation for youth education opportunities, performance intermissions and more.

For the unveiling, the High invites visitors to an opening weekend celebration, presented in partnership with the Instituto de México and gloATL. On Friday, July 18, the evening kicks off at 6 p.m. with performances of traditional Mexican folk music and dancing. From 8:30 to 10 p.m., gloATL will present a performance titled “choir B: a physical Installation,” migrating throughout the Woodruff campus and the Piazza. Guests may also enjoy Mexican food and drinks available for purchase throughout the evening.

Throughout the weekend, there will be morning yoga for adults and children, a petting zoo, art-making activities, and performances by the Alliance Theatre’s Theatre for the Very Young.

For more information and an up-to-date schedule of events, visit high.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.