Road tattoos are a result of my investigation into the intersection of memorials, ritual and public art coupled with the idea of repurposing a very common public space for art. Road tattoos are commemorative, site-specific, community-based public artworks. Placed at locations of community significance, road tattoos are composed of cultural designs previously appropriated to mark skin. Names, or other information, are painted within the design, a nondenominational prayer commissioned for the piece is said and the design is painted in, covering over this information. Subtle, close in color to the roadway, road tattoos are made with high-gloss latex causing them to appear and disappear with passing light. Eventually traffic and weather conditions dissolve them into the road.This summer, there will also be additional cafe tables, chairs, planters, and trees in the pedestrian plazas run by the Garment District Alliance, along with the existing UrbanSpace Garment District food market. Sew and Sew is a follow-up to the Alliance’s most recent installation, Fancy Animal Carnival by Taiwanese artist Hung Yin
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