Early Preview: virgil abloh x nikelab re-creation center
The HN team were invited to preview the new NikeLab Re-Creation Center c/o Virgil Abloh before it became open to the general public. The center will be open to the community from May 31 - July 28 2019.
Below is the abbreviated general press release sent by NikeLab Re-Creation Center c/o Virgil Abloh:
The center is committed to empowering the youth that will engage in the physical and cultural energy of Chicago. It will provide workshops, giveback programs, exclusive product, and local influential forces in the form of mentors and workshop instructors handpicked by Virgil himself.The Chicago creators, chosen by Alboh himself, are to host workshops with the goal of sharing their knowledge through mentorship:* Chuck Anderson (Graphic Design)* Paul Octavious (Photography)* Alyx Harch (Fabric Design)* Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman (Brand Identity)* Ann Lui and Craig Reschke (Architecture)The Re-Creation Center's mentorship program welcomes 10 Chicago-area creatives for an immersive eight-week experience with Abloh and the wider group listed above. Each will have the opportunity to advance the skills of their respective practice and engage with complementary areas of expertise. Commencement is marked by the presentation of a final project.Abloh will kick-start the programs with a panel discussion (Featuring Virgil Abloh, Don C, Keke Palmer, Travis Scott, Common) on the historic impact of Chicago’s own cultural impact on the world and set the stage for the merit of enabling a new generation of homegrown talent to blossom. Visitors to the NikeLab Chicago Re-Creation Center c/o Virgil Abloh will have access to Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe initiative, a unique installation that reuses worn-out athletic shoes by turning them into Nike Grind. Nike Grind will also be leveraged to build a Virgil designed basketball court for the community in Chicago in advance of NBA All-Star 2020.
For 25 years, Nike Grind has diverted waste from landfill and transformed it into a variety of outputs ranging from apparel to basketball courts and demonstrate just one example of how to consider the full lifecycle of a product.
Documentation by Lissy Poeut
Panelists documentation provided by NikeLab Re-Creation Center c/o Virgil Abloh + SSPR.