French 2D and Anda French participated in several capacities in the 601 Tully Project. This 1800 square foot, 1890’s structure was reimagined by artist and SU professor Marion Wilson and several iterations of her class “Social Sculpture” as a thriving center for after school education, community events, a learning garden, a cafe and other flexible spaces. French 2D produced all working drawings collaborating back and forth with Marion’s class and oversaw the project from schematic design through construction administration (with a substantial portion of this work donated in kind). In addition, Anda French worked as a collaborator/consultant to help guide the process of construction for the students.
The project was unique in it’s non-hierarchical collaboration amongst a number of parties and a wonderful experiment in the transformative process possible with an art and architecture collaboration. In many ways the building is most valuable as an ever evolving process and as such, much of the raw spirit of the building is maintained.