Nearly 15 months in the making, *Liberty Bell* is my first multi-city installation of an animated AR public artwork with sound (swipe left for video, SOUND ON). The project is featured simultaneously in six cities in the United States:, Boston, MA, Rockaway, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, Charleston, SC, Selma, AL. Liberty Bell will be on view from July 4, 2020. Together, the sites trace a historic line down the Eastern seaboard of the United States, from colonizing origins to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
I am humbled to launch it this year at this time, as so much national momentum and awareness is directly focused on the concept of liberty, and liberty for whom.
This project is intended to invite conversation around pressing issues of freedom at a time of pandemic, disinformation, voter suppression, structural racism, unchecked nationalism, institutionalized economic inequality, biased algorithms, detention centers, and a massive prison industrial complex. Justice has always driven my interest in this subject, and I am committed to an inclusive conversation as there is so much to learn, and progress needed to achieve noble goals. I hope, more than anything, that the project prompts thoughtful and robust discourse.
I’m deeply grateful to @artproductionfund who commissioned the work in partnership with #7G Foundation and the @jbrpc, and to all of our incredible partners in each city. I have the amazing @annauisapetrisko to thank for her collaboration on the soundscape of this piece. @4thWallapp and this artwork would never exist without the creative tenacity and coding genius of my team at @drive_studios.
Huge thank you to David Colman at @nytimes, for covering this massive project! Link in bio!
Photo by Joy Asico/BFA courtesy of Art Production Fund, Washington D.C.
so grateful to local partners in each city including @therockawayhotel @hirshhorn @assocpublicart @bostoncyberarts @bostonharbornow @rosekennedygreenway @bostonchildrensmuseum @heirspropertypreservation @nycparks @nystateparks @nationalparkservice @rockaway_artists_alliance, @selmachamberofcommerce & Brown Chapel AME Church!