Aerial video footage of the volunteer effort behind the Paint Opa Locka event, an all-day realization of Site/Cite designed by Hood Design for the Opa Locka Community Development Corporation in Opa Locka, Florida.
Site/Cite is more than a painting project. It uses Opa-locka’s main throughway, Ali-Baba Avenue, as a canvas for an art piece that both provokes questions about and embellishes Opa-locka’s built environment. Negotiating between the long-term ambitions for the Avenue and the relatively short life of paint on a street, this project relates to the long term infrastructural goals and the city's history of Moorish-influenced architecture. Blue stripes criss-crossing the asphalt reference Moorish patterns and the historic practice of using water for climate control. Meanwhile, red and yellow dots highlight the awkward placement of contemporary infrastructure in the pedestrian right-of-way.