The Y Project
The aim of “The Y Project” is to promote a greater understanding of social issues through temporary sculptures placed in public space in the form of the letter Y to cultivate positive change over time. The project asks us to reflect on the statement, “Why do we live so comfortably with an imbalance of human equality and irresponsibility?”.
“The Y Project”, which expresses a belief and serves as a reminder that change is possible, and we can reach common goals, and that the spirit of goodwill among people of all nations can prevail if we ask ourselves what role we play in the presented situations and work towards change. The project’s power is in its simplicity and ability to plant a seed to benefit a cross-section of a community at large.
Public art has the inherent power to reach a wide audience, and because the installation will be in community space, the imagery and the messages it carries will be embedded in the everyday fabric of life of those who walk by. In this sense, the project is a true dialog between art and ordinary people not just those who regularly seek out cultural exhibits, but also those who are simply walking their dogs, commuting or going about daily activities.
The Y Project was first installed in New York City in 1998 on Sixth Avenue and Christopher Street with Y Discriminate. The project has been installed in Providence, Rhode Island; and in the Massachusetts towns of Cambridge, Provincetown, and Whitinsville; and at the University of Connecticut.
It is my ultimate goal to produce and address thirty Y questions and to then potograph the colorful sculptures in the contrasting salt flats of Utah.
“The Y Project” has been supported by private donations and by: the Puffin Foundation; J. & A. Ades Foundation; John L. Stewart Collection; Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard; Cambridge Arts Council; Massachusetts Cultural Council; Community Art Center of Cambridge; Mayors office of the City of Cambridge Massachusetts; Junior League of Philadelphia; ActionAIDS; William Way LGBT Community Center; Provincetown Art Association and Museum; Provincetown Office of Tourism; Bank of America; American Express; Alternatives Limited Inc; Cambridge Cares About AIDS; Hewlett Packard; Cultural Council of the City of Providence, RI; New York City DOT; Balducci’s of New York; The Success Group; Brooklyn Brewery.
A fiscally sponsored project of New York Foundation for the Arts.