By: Sharon Aron Baron
If you drive past the Tamarac Community Center, don’t be surprised when you see photos plastered on the side of the walls. The temporary project called Inside Out is a global art project that gives communities all over the world a platform to express themselves through black and white photographs, and it’s all in celebration of Broward County’s 100th birthday in October.
Residents had a chance to have their photos snapped at various events this year including the garage sale, mother’s day event and at a book signing by Public Art Committee member and Mainlands resident Susan Buzzi who said this project will be called, “This is Tamarac.”
“I’m just thrilled,” Buzzi said while overseeing BSO explorers, cadets, and COPs who volunteered their time to hang photos on the walls of the community center, “Almost seven months have come to this point.”
Buzzi, who said the project was to celebrate diversity in the community, said is was so difficult to envision all of this coming together.
The photos which are held up with glue and water are rolled on with paint rollers and then smoothed out. In total, there will be 96 photos of residents.
In the Tamarac project, unlike Coral Springs, Pembroke Pines or Plantation, the art committee pays homage to the mayor and city commissioners with priority placement in the front windows of the community center – setting them apart from the rest of the residents.
The Tamarac Art Committee members who brought the idea forward to the commission include Buzzi, Phil Prentice and Brian Zambrano.
“We’re hoping they will last until sometime in September which is the 15th anniversary of the community center.”
Inside Out was inspired by Parisian street artist JR and his large-format street pastings. The project gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement. Since 2007, installations have appeared on walls, sidewalks, streets, skyscrapers and historic buildings around the globe.
Each installation around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online to tell stories of community groups.
More than 120,000 people from more than 108 countries have participated.