About A WAY, AWAY [LISTEN WHILE I SAY]
A Way, Away (Listen While I Say) was the first joint commission for Chicago-based artists Amanda Williams and Andres L. Hernandez. The project activated an empty land parcel as well as an adjacent building at 3721 Washington Boulevard that was demolished in April 2017. The multiphase project unfolded over the course of several months, beginning by painting the building gold prior to demolition, followed by reshaping the topographical contours of the landscape and regenerating the green space. Materials salvaged from the building demolition have been given new life in community design projects. By choreographing the process in this way, the artists invited us to pause and evaluate the life cycle of the urban landscape. Drawing inspiration from classic tropes in blues music about hope and unrequited love, the work’s title is meant to evoke the cycle of loss and transformation that characterizes the built environment.
A Way, Away (Listen While I Say) occurred from April - October 2017. It was located at 3713–3721 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, across the street from the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.
3721 Washington Avenue Occupant History
Famous Players-Lasky Corporation, forerunner for Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Sound News
Coil Manufacturing Company Auto Parts
Berry Bros Inc, paint manufacturers; 3721-3723
Alwyn Furniture Inc
Arbeiter-Steele Co mfrs agents
Factory Trucking Equipment Co INC MATL Handling
Cherese Corp Publishing Co; Milrich Corp Printing
All Star News Agency magazine distr; vacant
Factor Trucking Equipemtn Company
Vacant, owned by Casino Social Club
Casinos Social Club
Bruno David Gallery
A Way, Away (Listen While I Say) was a continuation of PXSTL, a series of design-build commissions organized by the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. PXSTL was founded on the belief that creative interventions have the power to serve as meaningful catalysts for urban transformation. This iteration of PXSTL began with a teaching residency at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts in fall 2016, with Amanda and Andres co-teaching a studio for students in the Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design with Sam Fox School lecturer Jonathan Stitelman.