Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee, artists and co-founders of RE:site, explore notions of community, identity, and narrative within the context of public space. RE:site creates dynamic, multi-layered works that exist somewhere between art, architecture, and landscape. Shane and Norman begin their process by asking questions, exploring alternatives, and experimenting with new materials and methodologies. They draw on a site’s cultural landscape to generate strong narrative concepts, which resonate with a community's local meanings, but also transform and transcend the familiar.
With a degree in fine arts and 20 years of extensive work designing interpretive spaces and interactives for numerous museums and visitors centers, Shane bridges the disciplines of visual communication, art, and experience design. Her collaborative work spans a range of projects from comprehensive environmental graphics to art installations, including large scale murals, donor recognition systems, wayfinding, media design, suspended art, sculpture and painting. As a visual storyteller, Shane is interested in creating integrative public art that uses narrative placemaking to enhance the quality of civic space. Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bellingham Herald, Texas Monthly, GD USA, SEGDdesign, Icograda, the Houston Chronicle, Houston Press, Fort Worth Star and Texas Architect. Shane was recognized by the prestigious CoD+A awards for her piece Memory Cloud, as a "Top Project for 2013.”
Norman began his career as a designer of interpretive environments. In 2003, Norman was named a finalist in the World Trade Center Site Memorial Competition. In the largest design competition in history, his concept Votives in Suspension was selected from an international field of 5,201 submissions representing 49 states and 63 nations. Norman has also been honored with a SEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design) Jury Award for his work on the Billboard Earthbag Project, a concept to reuse commercial billboard vinyl towards the construction of temporary disaster relief shelters. His piece Memory Cloud was recognized by the prestigious CoD+A awards as a "Top Project for 2013.” Norman holds Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Texas at Austin, where he studied art history, psychology, and museum studies. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Appeal, SEGDdesign, USA Today, Architectural Record, Art in America, ARTnews, Imagining Ground Zero, and Texas Architect.