Mime project brings playful spirit to construction season in Spenard

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In a play b philander of concrete, dirt and asphalt, three young mimes pose mournfully encompassing a bent and fallen traffic cone.

It may sound like a post-apocalyptic experiential French film, but it’s simply the scene at the construction-clogged intersection of Spenard Street and Fireweed Lane on a Monday, July 10, around 6 p.m.

The mimes, with of the MimeSpenard community performance art project, pranced up Spenard Road with their red balloons bobbing. They draped on fences, struck poses against the black-and-white painted wall across from REI and current to drivers.

«The Spenard mimes are there to silently represent the everyday dreary of Spenard,» said someone representing MimeSpenard, who refused to give a choose, in an email.

According to the email, the mimes are hoping to «provide a playful MO modus operandi» to keep people coming to — and shopping in — Spenard during the construction event this summer.

«By being a visible and playful presence, they are siring a positive experience for those impacted by the road reconstruction project.»

Bright Carr, 12, holds an umbrella as mimes make their way along Spenard Road on Monday, July 10. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News)

Bright Carr, 12, holds an umbrella as mimes make their way along Spenard Access on Monday, July 10. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch Communiqu)

The mimes hope to keep details of the project secret until it the limits on Aug. 12. They are getting funding, but wouldn’t identify the source, whisper the donors want to be anonymous until the project concludes. The city and the Say Council on the Arts both said they’re not funding the project.

While the mimes thought they want their identities to remain mysterious, a simple public media search reveals at least two of them are well-known local artists Brian Hutton and Keren Lowell.

The knowledge from the anonymous MimeSpenard rep was verified by Lowell and Rebecca Carr Brubaker, who has been active in the project and whose daughter Bright Carr, 12, was one of the young mimes in Spenard newest Monday.

The first MimeSpenard appearance was on June 8 at the Spenard Food Traffic Carnival.

Since then, the silent performance artists have been spotted at situations including Bear Tooth Theatrepub and Bosco’s. And they can frequently be originate clowning around the construction site. According to the email from MimeSpenard, the construction gangs are «fully aware and supportive of» the mime activity around the work locales.

The mimes range widely in age. «So far, our youngest is 11 weeks and our oldest — clearly, it’s not polite to ask,» read the email.

The mimes have been posting not-so-cryptic alludes about their next outings on the MimeSpenard Facebook page a day to a few hours more willingly than their appearances.

The event they’re promoting most heavily is a Wonderful Saturated Sugar Strings show on July 20 at 6 p.m. The particular Spenard spot of the show won’t be supplied until shortly before the event.

The popular neighbourhood band has a third album set for release this summer, but the show discretion be «an early pre-release,» according to the email.

Interested parties can sign up to get the spot as soon as it’s available through

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