"Tourist-In-Chief" is an installation designed by Leon Reid IV to be placed on a statue of George Washington located in New York City.
"Tourist-In-Chief" is designed to transform Washington into a contemporary monument to tourism. This transformation will be made by adding large scale props such as an "I Love NY" hat, camera, NYC subway map, and local shopping bags. "Tourist-In-Chief" is intended to achieve 3 goals:
1) Make a comic reflection of New York's tourist industry.
2) Create a work of art that is enjoyable for all demographics (tourists and New Yorkers alike)
3) Spark public curiosity as to Washington's role in New York City history. (ex. his inauguration on Wall Street, 1789)
"Tourist-In-Chief" is related to a previous Leon Reid IV installation "True Yank" on a statue of Abraham Lincoln, commissioned by URBIS contemporary art museum and permitted by The City of Manchester, England.
"True Yank" was an enormously popular installation because it was fun and inspired the local residents to re-discover their own history and the role that an American president played in shaping a British city. For "Tourist-In-Chief" we plan to create the same type of enthusiasm for our history through the use of a little humor.
The funds you provide us through Kickstarter will be used to cover costs related to:
- Prop fabrication
- Equipment rental (for installation)
- Licensed install crew
- Photo/Video documentation
- Administrative fees related to permit process
With your support, "Tourist-In-Chief" will be possible! We appreciate pledges of any amount and look forward to transport Washington into the 21st Century! Please review the great rewards we offer for each level of support.
Thanks so much for your interest and support!
Leon Reid IV and "Tourist-In-Chief" team
Press response for "Tourist-In-Chief"
Leon Reid IV is a public artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His works have been commissioned and installed in cities around the world including NYC, London, Paris, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Norway and many more. Leon holds a BFA from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn) and an MA From Central St Martins (London).
Between 2-9 days, this depends on how long NYC Parks Department will permit it.
We plan to install in early October, 2011
We are currently working on gaining permission form NYC Parks Department.
We will continue to work until permission is granted. We look at the permission process as existing on a continuum rather than hinging on a single "no". We might hear 100 "nos" before hearing that 1 "yes" that gets the job done.