7. Traveling Diorama Truck by Swoon
Taking place on four consecutive weekends which began January 30th at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 1 ,The House Our Families Built is a mobile public art installation by Brooklyn-based artist Caledonia Curry (Swoon) with Jeff Stark. The fantastical diorama-styled sculpture is constructed atop a 14-foot box truck. With its elaborate, hand-built aesthetic, one is reminded of the caravan in the film The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, though instead of stealing souls, the performers recite intergenerational stories and experiences from user generated narratives contained in the PBS American Portrait database.
It is part of a national series commissioned by PBS, from its American Portrait initiative on what it means to be American today, a major storytelling project in celebration of the network’s 50th anniversary. You can find the truck on upcoming weekends at Prospect Park at Flatbush and Empire (Feb 6-7), Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (Feb 13-14), and Union Square at NOrth Plaza/17th Street on Feb 21st.