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Wednesday, November 03, 2004
No. 100


TransCultural Exchange’s The Tile Project, Destination: The World on View
November 11, 2004 through October 31, 2005

The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and TransCultural Exchange, an international nonprofit arts organization, are pleased to announce The Tile Project, Destination: The World, a one-year, temporary public art installation at Mercer Street Playground (Mercer Street between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets) in Manhattan. The installation is one of 22 global locations, a joint effort among 120 artists from forty countries.

Diversified in its media, the artists, working with TransCultural Exchange, have created tiles made from traditional ceramics, glass, photography and digital imagery. The 120 four-inch tile artworks will be mounted in linear panels hung in back-to-back sections on the unique fence surrounding the park, allowing viewing from both inside the park and from the street.

The mission of TransCultural Exchange is to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through art exhibitions and other events, and The Tile Project reflects the organization’s belief in the potential for global cooperation and goodwill among people of all nations. As a group, TransCultural Exchange has exhibited work at many international galleries, museums, and other venues, including Palais Tokyo, Paris; London Biennale; Trans Hudson Gallery and PS 122 Gallery, NewYork City; The Chicago Cultural Center; radio:on:studio, Tokyo; Ichon Art Center, Seoul; the Bar of the Museum of Modern Art, Berlin; and Inner Mongolian Museum of Fine Arts, Huhhot.

In discussing The Tile Project’s evolution, TransCultural Exchange Director Mary Sherman asserts modern architect Stanley Tigerman’s view that tiles are "both democratic and accessible." They are the essence of the potential of public art as "an art form that can be found anywhere in the world by anyone, no matter one’s class, race, age or gender; with a purpose and beauty transcending all differences between all people."

Supporters of TransCultural’s The Tile Project include UNESCO, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Israeli Consulate’s Department of Cultural Affairs, Core Computer Group, The Puffin Foundation, the Bosnian-American Association, MIT’s Office for the Arts, Blue Space Contemporary Art Center (Ho Chi Minh City), Duggal , the U.S. Department of State’s Arts and Embassies Program, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston and New York, the Consulate General of Turkey, the Consulate General of Mexico, and the Open Society Institute.

Parks & Recreation’s temporary public art program has consistently fostered the creation and installation of temporary public art in parks throughout the five boroughs. Since 1967, collaborations with arts organizations and artists have produced hundreds of public art projects in City parks. Committed to the exhibition of art by emerging and established artists, Parks & Recreation has supported projects ranging from international exhibitions in flagship parks to local, community works in neighborhood parks and traffic islands.

The 22 sites for The Tile Project are as follows:

AZERBAIJAN: City Zoo, Baku
BOSNIA: Akademija Likovnih Umjetnosti (The Academy of Fine Arts), Sarajevo
FINLAND: Cultural Centre Verkatehdas Hameenlinna
GERMANY: Bar of Modern Art, Berlin
INDIA: Khyber Restaurant, Mumbai
ISRAEL: Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv
MEXICO: Pantanegra, Condesa, Mexico City
NEW ZEALAND: Pataka Museum, Porirua City
PHILIPPINES: Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila
ROMANIA: Town Hall, Bacau
SOUTH AFRICA: Centre for Visual Art at University of KwaZulu-Natal
SOUTH KOREA: Peace Museum, Seoul
SPAIN: City Council of Chinchón, Chinchón
TAIWAN: Taipei Artist Village, Taipei
TURKEY: Artemis Art Center, Istanbul
USA: Mercer Street Playground, New York
Pauline A. Shaw School, Boston
Northside Preparatory School, Chicago
The Peace Garden, Washington, DC
VIETNAM: Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City
WALES: Centre of Excellence for The Arts, Home of The International Potters’ Path (pre-existing site, ongoing installation)



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