LISTEN TO YOUR NEIGHBOR, LISTEN TO THE LAND x coLAB arts x LRWP
Listen to your neighbor, listen to the land (LTNLTL) consists of old sneakers up-cycled into functioning hanging planters and hung like shoes over telephone wire.
This ubiquitous meme speaks to the enigmatic nature of human activity within a fickle and continuously churning city. It pays homage to public spaces rife with multiple meanings, conflicting resonances, and opposing value judgments. It offers the viewer hope via the simple beauty of living foliage.
Nature is our neighbor and she speaks her systems to us whether we listen or not, to our benefit or not. How we treat each other echos inside of how we treat the land that surrounds us.
LTNLTL was conceived for the public art project "Windows of Understanding" The project invited 30 artists to work with 30 non-profits to collaboratively address the prompt "We see through hate" in the windows of partnering retail storefronts. The public art exhibition opened on January 21st 2018, Martin Luther King Jr Day. LTNLTL was shown for one month at Kim's Bike Shop in New Brunswick, NJ.
Each pair of shoes is available for sale in the shop. All sales include a donation to Lower Raritan Watershed Partnership and coLAB Arts.