Abandoned buildings have become such a common sight that they often slip quietly into the backdrop of our cities like an accepted part of our landscape. The Polaris Building in Fairbanks has stood empty for over a decade. How can we learn more about the stories behind this building and how can it better fulfill our needs and dreams today? Add your thoughts to the building and below! The Alaska Design Forum presents Looking for Love Again, an interactive public art project by Candy Chang that will collect everyone’s stories and ideas about the Polaris Building to help us better understand the history and forces that have shaped Fairbanks, while tugging at the heart strings of those who might be able to make our dreams come true. A giant sign has turned this vacant high-rise into an emotional beacon pleading for love, and chalkboards at the street level invite people to share their memories of the building and hopes for its future. See photos and learn more about the project. Created April 2011 and ongoing through Summer 2011.
Contribute your thoughts to the base of the Polaris Building — or right here! Thank you for sharing your stories – they have touched many hearts. And thank you for sharing your ideas – they will be used to help inform future possibilities.