Public art project

Presented at The Bronx Museum of the Arts Biennial 2015 as an installation 2015:

Installation at The Bronx Museum of the Arts Biennial 2015

Resembling a street corner, it consists of:
- candy cast sculptures of street holes from the streets of NY (slowly melting in museum resembling the potential harm of sugar diet)
- photo documentation of candy fillings of potholes in the streets between 2014-2015 with community members and person formerly in custody on Rikers Island
- 3D renderings of potholes and 3D prints of renderings
- photo documentation of the deepest and most dangerous potholes found between 2014-2015 in streets of NYC
- photo documentation via thermal imaging of the candy fillings of potholes (candy casts and fillings are up to 300F)

From 2014-2015, during bike tours and walks - often with residents from the South Bronx and other NYC neighborhoods, or a collaborator who recently left an incarceration on Rikers Island - the deepest and most dangerous potholes in the streets were discovered and documented.
Some were filled with liquid and slowly solidifying candy. The explorations and interventions were documented with phone cameras and thermal imaging devices.
Link to online documentation

The materiality of the candy casts highlights the density of processed and high sugar foods predominant in low-income neighborhoods, the areas where the most and deepest potholes have so far been located. The project addresses socioeconomic topics (diet/low accessibility to high quality food/street conditions in low-income neighborhoods), and cultural issues (collaborative public interventions through technology and art). 3D scanning app for mobile phones were used to create 3D prints.

Much gratitude to The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The Bronx Museum staff, Corydon Cowansage, Valeria Cordero, Kuby Nnamdie, Milan Chapman, Karin Minkin/The Brooklyn Kitchen and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene