Kinetic artist, Elayna Toby, has been commissioned by the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places Program to facilitate Kinetic-Connections, a kinetic sculpture that the public will assist in creating from upcycle objects. Kinetic-Connections will be showcased at the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium, Feb. 6 – 8, 2015.
Three public workshops are being held on Nov. 1, 8 and 15, at the Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S. Seacrest Blvd., to create the strands that will be installed in the kapok tree located at 123 E. Ocean Ave. to create the community kinetic sculpture. There is no cost to attend.
To participate in the project, simply bring small objects, such as bells, bits of hardware, old keys, machine or computer parts, gears or other baubles anytime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Participants do not to have creative or artistic abilities and may come at any time during the 3 hr. period. Everyone will design a strand of the sculpture with the items they bring. At the workshops, participants may also create “video selfies” about the strand they created, which will be shown adjacent to the kinetic sculpture during the International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium.
Visit www.elaynatobyart.com/kinetic-connections to learn more about object guidelines.“This project is an invitation to spark the creativity I believe exists in everyone,” says artist Elayna Toby. “My hope is that Kinetic-Connections is a catalyst for seeing our objects, a special old tree, fellow community members, and in the process ourselves, anew.”
A compilation video about the hundreds of community contributed items that make up Kinetic-Connections will be featured adjacent to the transformed tree during the 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium from February 6-8, 2015.
Kinetic-Connections will be a temporary piece taken down at the end of the symposium, leaving the tree in its original state, as if untouched. The strands, inspired by and generated from the community, will then be “recycled” back into the world, made available for sale as decorations for home or garden. A portion of the proceeds from sales of these strands will benefit the City of Boynton Beach Art in Public Places program and Resource Depot.“The most exciting part of Kinetic-Connections for us is the community involvement in creating an interactive site specific installation.” Says Debby Coles-Dobay, Boynton Beach’s Public Arts Manager and chief coordinator of the of the International Kinetic Art Exhibition and Symposium.
Kinetic-Connections is supported by Resource Depot.
Elayna Toby with her kinetic artwork installation.