19min 11sec, December 2017

Silence Was Golden is an on-going global art project centered around words or short phrases made out of golden letter shaped balloons, chosen by performers to express themselves.

The project invites people everywhere to use art in their daily lives. Public Delivery then shows this project in art institutions internationally to bridge the gap between institutions and people. Participants range from people living in slums to Hollywood actors.

The project is open and free to participation, aiming to complete performances in every country of the world.

Silence Was Golden was performed 313 times in 36% of the world’s countries (227 cities, 69 countries, six continents).

Countries done:

36% Complete

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The project

This site-specific and participatory project gives individuals and communities the opportunity to express themselves on multiple platforms and collaborate with others who may or may not have a professional art background. This project is open to everyone and therefore works to help people appreciate and engage in visual art. The ultimate goal of the project is to have an open, free, global participatory collection of works while inspiring people of all backgrounds to communicate through art as well as connect people from all backgrounds.


Silence Was Golden is inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, turning every day objects into art, Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures, very short and often funny looking performances and lastly by graffiti, using both bold letters and an audacious approach towards public space, frequently working without permission.

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Exhibitions / Workshops / Screenings

Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan - Fairy Tales
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, USA - Public Art Live
• Public Art Festival: Survival, Athens, Greece
World Humanities Conference (2017) by UNESCO ICPHS (The International Council for Philosophy and Human Sciences) & UNESCO MOST (Management of Social Transformations), Liege, France
• Culture Open Source Forum 2017, Berlin, Germany
• Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, California, USA (upcoming)
• The Story Of Festival, Goa, India (upcoming)
• Hubei Museum of Art, Wuhan, China (upcoming)

Locations of performances

Albania Kukës, Tirana
Australia Sydney
Austria Graz, Salzburg, Vienna
Bahrain Manama
Belgium Verviers
Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar
Bulgaria Sofia
Cambodia Phnom Penh
Cameroon Limbe
Canada Banff, Edmonton, Toronto
Cape Verde Praia
China Bayingolin, Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dunhuang, Guilin, Hangzhou, Hezuo, Hong Kong, Jiayuguan, Kunming, Longsheng, Menghai, Pu’er, Sanya, Shanghai, Tianshui, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xiahe, Xiamen, Xishuangbanna, Yanoda Rainforest, Zhangye
Colombia Cartagena
Croatia Varaždin, Zagreb
Denmark Aabenraa, Esbjerg, Ribe
Egypt Matruh, Taba
Finland Turku
France Metz, Montbéliard, Nancy, Orléans, Paris
Germany Berlin, Bochum, Bonn, Bottrop, Bremen, Detmold, Dortmund, Duisburg, Dülmen, Düsseldorf, Essen, Freiburg (Kenzingen), Gelsenkirchen, Halle, Haltern am See, Hamm, Heidelberg, Herford, Herten, Hüttenberg, Kamen, Kiel, Köln, Ludwigslust, Mülheim, Münster, Oberhausen, Osnabrück, Tecklenburg, Teutoburg Forest, Wetzlar (Ehringshausen)
Greece Athens, Thessaloniki
Holy See Vatican City
Hungary Budapest

Iceland Skagaströnd
India Bodhgaya
Ireland Dublin
Israel Kirjat Schmona, Tel Aviv
Italy Alberobello, Lecce, Manfredonia, Milano, Paestum, Procida
Japan Tokyo
Jordan Amman, Petra
Kiribati South Tarawa
Kosovo Pristina
Kuwait Kuwait City, Shuwaikh
Liechtenstein Vaduz
Luxembourg Medingen
Macedonia Skopje
Malaysia Pulau Rawa
Malta Mdina
Mexico Chihuahua City, Ciudad Juárez
Micronesia Chuuk
Mongolia Baganuur
Montenegro Kotor, Podgorica
Nauru Yaren
Netherlands Roermond
New Zealand Dunedin, Wellington
Oman Maskat
Pakistan Ilamabad
Paraguay Asuncion
Peru Machu Picchu, Tarapoto
Poland Warsaw
Portugal Porto
Qatar Singing Sand Dunes
Russia Sochi
San Marino San Marino
Senegal Dakar
Slovakia Bratislava
Slovenia Maribor
South Africa Lothair (Mpumalanga)

South Korea Gangneung, Gwangju, Incheon, Jeongdongjin, Seoraksan, Seoul, Sokcho
Spain Barcelona, Figueres, Portlligat
Sri Lanka Colombo
State of Palestine Jerusalem
Sweden Kiruna
Switzerland Grindelwald, Kandersteg, La Chaux-des-Fonds, Murten, Staad, Stoos
Taiwan Taipei
Thailand Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Phanom, Nonthaburi
Ukraine Kyiv
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ra’s al-Chaima
United Kingdom Edinburgh, London
USA Alaska, Atlanta, Birmingham, Calimesa, Charlotte, Chicago, Coloma, Detroit, Disneyland, El Paso, Fredericksburg, Gaffney, Galveston, Hawaii, Hollywood, Houston, Iraan, Jackson, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Altos, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Miami Beach, Monterey, New Jersey, New Orleans, Newark, NYC, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Palm Springs, Phoenix, Placerville, Portland, PortMiami, Primm, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, Tampa, Truth or Consequences, Valentine, Washington D.C., Webster

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