Common Ground, By Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong + Arup


Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, with lighting design and programming by Xena Petkanas and Christoph Gisel, Arup.
Lighting and controls provided by: Nanometer and Electric Lighting Agencies.

Plywood, wood stud structure, paint, hardware, LEDs, sensors, controller, vinyl floor motifs.

COMMON GROUND is a community pavilion and a site-specific, interactive public artwork comprised of a colorful seating landscape and floor motifs that dance across the plaza. Drawing inspiration from the geometry of shrines and sacred spaces and referencing the terraces of the site, this architectural intervention transforms the plaza into an oasis for sitting, socializing, and gathering by day and by night. COMMON GROUND creates a bold, joyous addition to the plaza, and offers a playful topography to embrace the here and now. As a community hub, COMMON GROUND aspires to cultivate togetherness and resilience, while encouraging moments of pause, reflection, and play.

During the evening, COMMON GROUND is illuminated with color-changing lighting and sensors that register environmental audio. Custom-designed lighting shimmers across the sculpture’s steps in response to these sounds — the movements of passers-by, footsteps on the structure, voices, the ambient hum of traffic. The colored lights, blending with the vibrantly painted vertical faces of the wooden topography, create a dynamic symphony through these ever-changing, kaleidoscopic transformations; our perception of color is constantly shifting. Here, COMMON GROUND is a place of joy and light; celebrating inclusion, diversity and togetherness.

DBP has curated a programming series to complement the experience of COMMON GROUND. We welcome everyone to join us at the following performances:


Wednesday, March 1, 6pm-6:20pm

NuTribe Dance Company and MMDG teaching artists CocoMotion and Luffy present an improvisational performance in the art of waacking and krumping.

Thursday, April 6, 6pm-7pm

Peniel Guerrier and Kriye Bode bring Haitian Rara to the plaza with an enchanting performance that calls all to rejoice in the energy of life as a community.

Thursday, April 13, 6pm-7pm

Kendra J. Ross shares her work-in-progress, Portals: Traversing Black Continuums, a multi-sensory journey through time, space, generations, and dimensions. The fuller work-in-progress will be presented by 651Arts in May 2023.

Thursday, April 20, 6pm-7pm

Soles of Duende, the all-female, multicultural dance trio, present a spirited collaboration across disciplines and the celebration of tap, flamenco and Kathak dance.

Saturday, April 22, 6pm-7pm
Rain Date: Saturday, April 29, time tbd

Pratt Institute’s fashion department closes the installation with JUNIOR THESIS – a fashion performance featuring selected works from year-end collections.