Jungle Subtraction invites us to consider how our ideal streetscape might be designed today through a series of reflective panels surrounding public infrastructure and trees along an entire city block. Inspired by Alexander Girard’s vision wherein he proposed the repainting and reworking of storefront elements, this project is an architecture of subtraction intended to visually erase or edit the urban landscape of Washington Street.

Materials - Aluminum, wood, mirrored vinyl

Installation Sponsor

Ignition Arts

Fabrication Partner

McGuire Scenic

People For Urban Progress (PUP) is a non-profit organization that advances good design and civic sustainability by developing products and projects that promote connectivity, responsible reuse, and making. Their work rethinks the future of cities as it relates to the lifecycle of its materials, matching these resources with existing community needs.

With founder Michael Bricker as director of public design, PUP’s work is about rethinking the future of cities as it relates to the lifecycle of its materials, matching these resources with existing community needs. Indianapolis’ sports tourism industry has provided the materials for PUP’s most visible projects: Super Bowl street banners and Hoosier Dome textiles become stylish bags in PUP’s workshop. PUP has salvaged thousands of bright plastic seats from Bush Stadium and given them new life as bus-stop seating around the city, diverting them from landfills and enhancing the city’s transit infrastructure.

Our work at PUP is about rethinking the future of cities as it relates to the lifecycle of its materials. We’re working to match these resources with existing community needs. People help make it happen, and design is our mechanism for transforming materials and spaces into products and places that are inclusive, welcoming, and integrated into the narrative and history of the community.