Exploring Acts of Kindness in Art and About

A new community based work, Acts of Kindness, by leading British artist, Michael Landy which explores and celebrates frequently unnoticed random acts of kindness will be a highlight of Art & About 2011.

Members of the public will be provide stories of such acts, which Landy will interpret through constantly changing displays in streets, laneways, tunnels, parks and shopfronts around the City. Posters, billboards, murals, LED signs, train noticeboards and transport signage, pavement writing, sky signs, newspaper lift-outs and spoken-voice on loudspeakers may be used to present the stories. Such stories could involve instances of people helping a stranger, giving up a seat on a bus, or returning a lost wallet or purse.

Michael Landy, is primarily known in Britain' for his monumental installations and performance based works which exploring the values of the contemporary world and the alienating effects of consumerism on the individual and society. He was elected a lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Arts in 2008.

On Monday Council's Community and Cultural Services Committee will consider a recommendation that the City provide $80,000 in cash sponsorship to Kaldor Art Projects to present the work during Art & About.

John Kaldor and Kaldor Public Art Projects has been inspiring and challenging the Australian community with major public art projects for over 40 years, beginning with Christo and Jeanne - Claude's spectacular Wrapped Coast at Little Bay in 1969. Jeff Koon's giant flower Puppy outside the MCA in 1995-1996, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kaldor Public Art Projects was seen by 1.8 million people before relocating to its permanent home outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. More recent works include Stephen Vitiello's The Sound of Red Earth installation in the Sydney Park Brick Kilns in 2010 and John Baldessari's Your Name in Lights for this year's Sydney Festival.

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