Lauren Otis' Alchemical Projects is a web site, blog, and business centered on innovative media and artistic content. Creativity in multiple disciplines, and discourse on that creativity, is paramount.
Posts tagged "Trenton"
Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live

Trenton where we live from Lauren Otis on Vimeo. In the 1990s, I was a relatively recent transplant to Trenton. I was a young father, and during the week I had a long commute to my work in Hoboken. But on weekends, to unwind, I would take my camera and explore the neighborhoods of the...
Roebling decay

Roebling decay

On one side of South Clinton Avenue in Trenton, former John A. Roebling Sons Co. buildings have been converted into offices and a retail marketplace. Once a year, in June, the adjacent Roebling Wire Works machine shop building plays host to Art All Night, Artworks’ 24-hour free art extravaganza. Across the street, on the other...
Strong Brown God

Strong Brown God

I live by the Delaware River and kayak it regularly. It is truly a “strong brown god” as T.S. Eliot put it in his poem The Dry Salvages, from The Four Quartets. Choked with detritus, lined with concrete, spanned by bridges, ignored, the river is still a palpable and powerful presence, presenting a ghostly, ever-changing...
Clangor

Clangor

Listen to: ClangAllNight by Alchemical Projects Clang All Night Sound sculpture I created in the spring of 2010 and displayed at Art All Night in Trenton, June 19 & 20, 2010.

Kelsey Building – The New York Times

ON THE MAP: In a College Building in Trenton, a Hidden Shrine to a Lost Love By LAUREN OTIS Published: July 09, 2000 A plaque near the entrance to the five-story Italian Renaissance-inspired Kelsey Building on West State Street in downtown Trenton notes that it was built by Henry Cooper Kelsey in memory of his...

Urban Smithy – The New York Times

ON THE MAP: No Spreading Chestnut, but the Urban Smithy Still Stands By LAUREN OTIS Published: October 24, 1999 It is dark inside the squat, flat-roofed building that houses Blacksmith of Trenton on a gritty stretch of North Olden Avenue. Except for a few small windows, the main source of light in the long, cavelike...

Trenton/Hamilton Marsh – The New York Times

ON THE MAP: Near the City, Under the Highway, Marshland Worth Preserving By LAUREN OTIS Published: July 11, 1999 Drivers on the sprawling cloverleaf that connects Interstates 195 and 295 just south of Trenton catch sight of greenery veined with winding creeks. They are looking at the Hamilton-Trenton Marsh, a 1,250-acre wetland just off the...

Mill Hill, Trenton – The New York Times

ON THE MAP: Remembering a Move That Transformed a Neighborhood By LAUREN OTIS Published: March 14, 1999  The Mill Hill neighborhood near downtown Trenton consists of lovingly restored brick row houses lining brick-paved sidewalks illuminated by gas lamps. The racially mixed residents are professionals and blue-collar workers, artists, students and retirees. But in February 1964,...