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'Mi Casa, Your Casa' installation opens Friday at High
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The High Museum's current installation, 'Mi Casa, Your Casa,' designed specifically for the piazza by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, invites visitors to interact with the 36 open frame houses.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal The High Museum's current installation, 'Mi Casa, Your Casa,' designed specifically for the piazza by Héctor Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, invites visitors to interact with the 36 open frame houses.
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The latest offering for public consumption at the High Museum of Art in Midtown is a lot to behold yet seemingly not that hard to embrace.

Perhaps it is because it revolves around the universally recognizable concept of home.

The museum is set to unveil “Mi Casa, Your Casa,” billed as a virtual blank canvas for community engagement and activity. The large-scale interactive design installation in the center of the Woodruff Arts Center campus on the Carroll Slater Sifly Piazza is on view Friday through Nov. 2.

“This is a great experiment for us,” said Sarah Schleuning, the High’s curator of decorative arts and design. “We’ve done projects on the piazza, shorter term. … We’re really excited about this four-month project, to have something out there the people can engage with.”

The handiwork of contemporary Mexican designers Hector Esrawe and Ignacio Cadena, the installation features 36 three-dimensional, open frames — steel painted a “vibrant” red — in the shape of a house installed in a large grid on the piazza. Four forms have been placed around the Woodruff campus.

Insiders say the buzz generated by the new installation is bordering on tangible.

“We’ve been thrilled that the community has been so responsive and want to do things with it, which was our intention all along,” said Schleuning.

She shared co-curator duties with Virginia Shearer, the museum’s director of education.

The crux of their installation endeavor is to explore how engagement with art and design can extend beyond the museum’s walls through the dynamic home structures — and enlivened by a variety of programs, art-making activities and other interactive features, Schleuning said.

There should be no shortage of props for patrons to engage. Hammocks, swings, easels, buckets of bubble water and bins of chalk are among the items to be made available in the pursuit of daytime leisure and recreation options throughout the summer. Woodruff’s other elements — the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Arts for Learning — will also use the installation.

Through the project’s duration — the installation launches a two-year initiative — the High will tap artists and performers across the Atlanta arts spectrum as collaborators.

“The goal of this project is to bring our outdoor space to life with art, High Director Michael E. Shapiro said in a statement.

“We can hardly wait to share the amazing design created by our friends Hector and Ignacio … and bringing our community together to explore new territory and branch out in fresh, unexpected directions is a thrilling opportunity to turn the museum experience inside out.”

The installation kicks off with an opening weekend celebration, starting Friday at 6 p.m.

Information: www.high.org
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