The unique project, called The Scramble, serves multiple purposes, and pays homage to all things Chattanooga from the area’s natural resources to the local climbing culture.
This new installation aims to do a few things: • Build upon the city’s art and nature concept for the downtown area • Make use of an innovative stormwater collection and filtration system • Serve as a connection from Walnut Plaza to the Aquarium along 1st Street. (Longtime residents may remember the project’s location as where the incline elevator used to be.)
The installation “The Scramble is a striking interactive sculpted streetscape repurposing the former funicular vault infrastructure into an innovative stormwater collection and filtration system. [It] captures and aerates urban stormwater, cleansing it before it joins the Tennessee River, and uses it for irrigation instead of potable water.” – Michael Singer, designer of The Scramble
A closer look at the design • Utilizes locally cut stone from nearby Sequatchie County • Has swirl patterns to reference the movement of water and the Tennessee River • References angular rock outcroppings in the region with its sculpted landscape • Visually + experientially ties to the nature themes of the Aquarium Plaza • Climbing and scrambling aspects nod to Chattanooga’s climbing culture • Visually link to the other parts of the city with angular design, like the architecture of the Hunter Art Museum
The installation is multipurpose + intended to be used by passersby. | Photo provided by River City Co.
The artist The Scramble was created by Michael Singer, a world-renowned artist + sculptor who has received numerous awards for his work, which has an emphasis on reimagining public spaces for urban and ecological regeneration.
For The Scramble, folks are encouraged to enjoy and utilize the installation as an area to climb and explore. Read a more in-depth description + view renderingshere.
Singer designed The Scramble so that the captured stormwater would be an auditory experience, — it can be seen and heard — but otherwise, the water is inaccessible.
Biz ○ Hamilton Place Mall is opening two new spaces this month. Buff City Soap is opening April 10, and Pyramid Café — which will serve up Greek + Mediterranean cuisines in the food court — is slated to open by mid-month. 😋
Arts ○ The 4 Bridges Art Festival is returning to a live format on April 17-18, after going virtual last year. Gates are open from 10 a.m-6 p.m. both days. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 18. The number of vendors and attendees in First Tennessee Pavilion at one time will be limited + masks are required. ○ ArtsBuild leaders reminded locals that they have until Friday to fill out a survey about COVID-19’s effects on creators. Local leaders said the findings will help them address the most important issues facing the Chattanooga arts sector. 🎨
Edu ○ Rise Chattanooga launched a free online trainingprogram for youth who want to make a living in the creative arts. The five-week online course, called The Grind, focuses on developing creative entrepreneurship skills + opportunities. (The Pulse)
FeelGood ○ During a home renovation, a Chattanooga man found a set of World War II dog tags. He sent them to the Chattanooga Public Library’s history department, and researchers found out who they belonged to. They also tracked down the owner’s daughter and returned the memento. (WRCB)
Community ○ An upcoming Red Bank event will act as a thank you to the area’s frontline workers. The event, Sat. April 17, will feature vendors + music. Shout out + gratitude to all the people out there on the front lines. 🙏
Watch ○ “Ancient Caves 3D” is playing at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D theater for one weekend only — April 23-April 25. Shows are at 1:15 + 3:45, and at 6:15 Friday and Saturday only. 🎥
Asked ○ Do you know of great volunteer opportunities that are also good for kids to participate in? We want to know about them. Email us your ideas + we may feature them in an upcoming article. 👂
DYK ○ It’s kitten season and that’s not usually great news for animal shelters. A kitten boom can mean a lot of stray animals. Read about what to do if you find a kitten litter + be on the lookout for an upcoming article featuring local shelters. (The Pulse)
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If your Tinder bio says “I love the outdoors,” we have some great news — Rock/Creek Adventures is officially open for the season. ☀️
You can book guided hiking, biking, and kayaking + paddle board tours of Chattanooga, and every trip is designed to be fun and educational. Your guide will talk you through some of the Scenic City’s history, ecology, and botany, and everyone is welcome, from beginners to experts.
Don’t want a guide? No worries — you can also rent gear for your own adventures. Carpe diem. ✨
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Show ○ Elgar String Serenade | Fri., April 9 | 7 p.m. | First Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1505 N. Moore Rd. | $25 | Experience some of Elgar’s works alongside D’Indy’s Chanson Et Danses, Theirry De’May’s unique Table Music, and Chattanooga composer Jonathan McNair’s These Three.
Arts ○ Drop-in Art Making | Thurs., April 8-Fri., April 9 | 2-4 p.m. | The Hunter Museum | Free with museum admission | Create a kid-friendly art project inspired by the museum’s current special exhibition.
Drink ○ Bitters 101 | Fri., April 9 | 6-7 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $15 | In this class, learn the history of bitters, what they’re used for, and how you can use them when making your next cocktail. 🍸
ForKids ○ Spring Break Kids Paint | Fri., April 9 | 1-3 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 1309 Panorama Dr. | $28 per person | Bring the kids for this artistic spring break activity—paint your own version of a unicorn created by a studio artist. 🎨
Saturday ○ Raised Bed Gardening 101 | Sat., April 10 | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $15 | Learn all about raised bed gardening + end class by making a 4×4 foot garden plan to create your own raised bed. 🌱 ○ Who was Bill Lewis Program | Sat., April 10 | 2 p.m. | Chickamauga + Chattanooga National Park, virtual | Free | Learn more about William T. “Bill” Lewis, a well-known African American blacksmith who worked in 19th Century Chattanooga.
Sunday ○ Weaving for Calm | Sun., April 11 | 1-2:30 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $20 | Learn the practice of free-form weaving as a way of meditation + create your own unique wall art. ○ Rustic Spring Truck Painting | Sun., April 11 | 4-6 p.m. | Painting with a Twist, 1309 Panorama Dr. | $39-$48 | Create a cute, rustic truck painting to use as decor (or just for fun!). 🖌️
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.