This was a really fun "painting" project that I did in 2005. I was planning to use sidewalk chalk to write REALLY BIG on the tarmac in front of the Ubc Koerner Library "THE EARTH IS FLAT". It was supposed to be a joke, that you could see from the inside of the Library, sort of mocking our quickness to assume understanding of life...especially seen from this "Intellectual" library.
However, I was was writing and people were stoping and staring, I realized it would be way more fun to make it a public project. So I left it at "THE EARTH IS..." and put the sidewalk chalk on the ground so people could fill in the blank with their ideas. So here are a few snap shots of some of the results. It was really fun, one guy ended up hanging out for a couple hours, encouraging others to write...most of the markings lasted a few days and slowly dissentegrated beneath the falling rain and the shuffling of busy student's feet. It was funny to return the next day after having left the chalk over night to find some predictable drunken obsenities and penis drawings.
This was an interpretation of an assignment for my art theory class. In the class we had been focusing on international art and cultural identity and perspectives.
The installation was very simple, and very fun...I had the entire class quietly file into a small room so people were quite close together in a mildly uncomfortable fashion. They were then instructed to take of their shoes. Then they had to choose another pair of shoes from around the room and put them on and just experience them. some people really didn't like wearing or smelling others shoes...but it ended up being a good experience in putting ourselves in another's shoes and how comfortable we are with our own.
Here's a couple snap shots (I didn't document the experiement, but someone later sent me a few). You can view a really short film clip here.