Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for each and every one of you. Thank you dearly for showing your generosity and making the project 17x17 squares possible.
The project, which had originally been scheduled for October 14 but was postponed due to inclement weather, was carried out successfully on Friday, October 21, at Thomas Paine Park in downtown New York. It was a very cold and windy day, but luckily it didn't rain. The performance started at 12:50 p.m. when I and three other artists—Richard Humphreys, Emi Inoue, and Pitchamon Saengpo—began tying together 289 pieces of bojagi cloths. During the performance, we lifted the tied cloths 17 times for a few seconds each, with the gusts of wind adding an element of fluctuant volatility to the installation. The cloths were tied by all four corners and had formed an approximately 30 x 30 feet square by 5 p.m. The public was then invited to take a part of the installation and most of the cloths were taken away by 6:40 p.m. I had to wrap up the project then because it got very dark. The public was very interested in experiencing a performance and installation at a public place and was also very excited and enthusiastic to take away part of an artwork.
The project was documented by photographer Jason Mandella and videographer L. Brandon Krall, both based in New York. There were also four project assistants—Zachary Podgorny, Justin Romero, Hansel Sosa, and Jessica Stolfa—communicating with the public and making sure the whole day went along smoothly without any incidents.
Now it’s time for me to show my appreciation! Personal emails and T-shirts will be sent out by the end of November; T-shirts should be delivered by the first week of December. Photographs, videos, and drawings will be delivered by the end of December. You will be hearing from me soon when I request email addresses and shipping and delivery details, so please be ready to provide the information.
Again, thank you so much for your interest and support. I am sincerely honored and delighted to have been able to present and share this public project.
All my best,