4-D City at COA’s Blum Gallery

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, at 12:52 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 1, 1970 12 a.m. to 12 a.m.

Location: Ethel H. Blum Gallery at College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden Street, Bar Harbor, Maine

For more information: Zuri Camille de Souza; 207-288-5015;

College of the Atlantic’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery will be transformed into an urban geometry come Monday, March 4 through an installation created by COA third-year student Zuri Camille de Souza, as part of an independent study. The exhibit, “Four-Dimensional City: exploring urban space through installation,” runs Monday, March 4 through Friday, March 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an opening at 4 p.m. on Monday, and a closing event with music beginning at 7:30 on Friday, March 8.

The installation looks at the physical form of the city, the relationship between geometric space and inhabited space, and how bodies interact with their structural environment.

Says de Souza, who is from India, “I have always been interested in how individuals interact within the city landscape—both with the people around them and their physical environment. Observing my own experience of inhabiting urban and semi-urban settings, I began to look at how different elements came together to create my experience of the city. What is it about certain spaces that can invite or inhibit our exploration of them? How does our sensory experience play with our perception of space? What are the different dimensions that come together to form the urban experience?”

The installation is an expression of these questions and others. While de Souza hasn’t answered them, she has begun to explore the elements that comprise the urban environment and the human relationship with those elements.

For more information about the exhibit “Four-Dimensional City,” running from March 4 to 8 with an opening at 4 p.m. on March 4, contact Zuri de Souza at, or call 207-288-5015.

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