The magic of the human touch is integral to the Arlington Art Truck: You Are Magic installation. The interactive sculpture by artist Alicia Eggert is the second installation aboard the new Arlington Art Truck, set to debut on Wednesday (11:30am to 7:00pm), May 16 at Arlington Mill Community Center, and continuing through May 20, everywhere from schools to the Taste of Arlington Festival.
A program of Arlington Arts, the Arlington Art Truck already is the recipient of a prestigious $25,000 Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in support of its first season of programming. The Arlington Art Truck is curated by Arlington Arts’ Special Projects Curator, Cynthia Connolly.
You Are Magic is a large-scale, interactive inflatable sculpture designed to inspire wonder and evoke the power of collaboration. When two people hold hands with each person touching one of the handprint sensors, the deflated sculpture comes to life expanding into the words, “You Are Magic”. The sculpture fills with air, growing larger the longer participants hold hands. But, as soon as they release their hands the circuit is broken, and the sculpture deflates into a crumpled pile of fabric on the ground.
The Arlington Art Truck embodies Arlington Arts’ mission to revolutionize the traditional model of an arts venue. Packed with digital and traditional creative tools, the Arlington Art Truck is a curated mobile tool box for artists-in-residence. From April to October, the Artists themselves will cruise the streets of Arlington to engage the public in projects ranging from an impromptu workshop or performance, to a pop-up gallery, all designed to blur the line between participant and presenter, citizen and bureaucracy.
The inaugural exhibit, Bipedal Soundscapes, has been seen by over 1,000 people (and counting) in just the last three weeks. Now joined by this second activation, “You Are Magic” will likewise take to the streets at schools, farmers markets, festivals and gathering spaces throughout Arlington (see schedule below). In addition to the Artists themselves, Arlington Art Truck activities also integrate a ride-along service to provide access to other County resources. In keeping with the cooperative theme of this installation, Volunteer Arlington will be on-site with the truck, offering info on volunteer opportunities.
Alicia Eggert is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on the relationship between language, image and time. Her artwork has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing, Tang Contemporary Art in Beijing, the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, The MAC in Dallas, Galeria Fernando Santos in Portugal, and Sculpture By the Sea in Sydney, Australia. It has been featured in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, BBC Future and Hyperallergic, and in books such as Typoholic: Material Types in Design, Foundations of Digital Art and Design with Adobe Creative Cloud, and Elements and Principles of 4D Art & Design. She is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a TED Fellowship, a Direct Artist Grant from the Harpo Foundation, a Washington Award from the S&R Foundation, an Artist Microgrant from the Nasher Sculpture Center, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. She has been an artist in residence at Google Tilt Brush, Sculpture Space, True/False Film Festival, and the Tides Institute and Museum of Art. She is an Assistant Professor of Studio Art and the Sculpture Program Coordinator at the University of North Texas in Denton. She lives with her son, Zephyr, in Denton, Texas.
Arlington Arts is the presenting arm of Arlington Cultural Affairs, a division of Arlington Economic Development, which is charged with fostering a creative environment that encourages collaboration, innovation and community participation. We do this: by providing material support to artists, and arts organizations, in the form of grants, facilities and theater technology; through a commitment to integrating award-winning public art into our built environment; and with high quality performing, literary, visual and new media programs across the County.
Follow the Arlington Art Truck on social media: #ArtTruckArlington. Here are all currently scheduled dates for activations featuring You Are Magic (May 16 through 20):
- Wed., May 16 (11:30-7pm): Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S Dinwiddie St. (Artist talk & Slideshow: 11:30 and 4pm. Free four hour parking in garage.)
- Thurs., May 17 (8am-2pm): Food Truck Thursday (with VeloFix & Crafts Market), 1900 Crystal Dr.
- Fri., May 18:
- 11am -2pm – Central Place, Rosslyn, 1800 N Lynn St.
- 4:30-7pm – Bike to Work at New District Brewing, 2709 S Oakland St.
- Sat., May 19:
- 9:00 -11am -Big Truck Day, Columbia Pike Branch Library;
- 1:00 -4pm -15th and Courthouse Road, (in partnership with Courthouse 2.0: Reimaging the Civic)
- Sun., May 20: Taste of Arlington, in the parking lot of Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd, noon-6pm
*Tues., May 15: activation for Arlington County Public Schools (*not open to the public)
(via Arlington Cultural Affair. Courtesy of Arlington Cultural Affairs.)