Federal Street Folly

This is a fantastic investment in our creative economy

Federal Street Folly

When The Press Hotel opened in downtown Portland, Maine, they approached MECA to purchase artwork and commission custom projects. One commission involved hiring four Woodworking & Furniture Design students (Peter Dore, Melinda Thomas, Jenna Castillo, and Michelle Cody) to collaborate with faculty member Matt Hutton to create outdoor elements for an adjacent pop-up park, playfully named “Federal Street Folly.” The park was created along a 100-foot-long block that created a pedestrian-friendly space for gatherings and cultural events throughout the summer. A nearby worker was quoted by the Portland Press Herald as saying, “This is a fantastic investment in our creative economy.”