Press: Encore Magazine
Press: News and Record
Collaboration: Flux Factory
Color Wheelz is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC). It is an art making and visual narrative experience to promote public engagement on the streets of NYC.
Color Wheelz is a 1997 Ford van that travels through the various neighborhoods of Brooklyn filled with playful activities, which facilitate exploration into the world of visual art and narrative. Visitors cover the inside and outside of the van with art made from a variety of colorful materials. Each artwork has a corresponding voice recording that describes colors used, materials applied and how the art was inspired. This creates a fun way for visitors to think objectively about what they make and why they made it. As a collaborative project visitors engage with one another and contribute to a collective art installation. This provides an opportunity for people to reflect on their thoughts in a visual way, which results in a colorful commentary on the people of Brooklyn. As a public installation, Color Wheelz aim to inspire curiosity and learning through arts-related socialization. Through hands-on activity and conversation we present various prompts like: what does your neighborhood look like, what color are your memories, and what did you learn today. The unique ways visitors respond initiates thoughtful consideration about how art reflects the perception of self, environment and experience. Acknowledging these responses enables visitors to ask questions and think critically about how art exists in their everyday lives. Documenting outcomes in each location is an ongoing effort and has resulted in a valuable collection of recording and art, which contribute to the topic of public engagement in several ways. Results are documented through photographs, video and voice recordings and published on the official website http://colorwheelz.org/. Event details are updated on a Twitter account and Facebook page so that people can find the location of Color Wheelz at any point. Drawing from characteristics defined as public art, Color Wheelz intends to strengthen every community it visits. This goal is most accurately articulated in the words of Lily Yeh, a dedicated artist who spent her career as a public art entrepreneur. In documentation about her career she writes, “We need to focus on building compassionate communities where people have a strong relationship with each other and are genuinely concerned for the welfare of all. Art and culture can function as powerful tools to connect people, strengthen family ties, preserve cultural heritage and build community.” (Moskin, Bill and Jill Jackson “Warrior Angel: The Work of Lily Yeh”)