14min 43sec, January 2017
Silence Was Golden is an on-going global public art project centered around words or short phrases made out of golden letter shaped balloons, chosen by performers to express their feelings towards their environment and the histories surrounding it. The project uses the consideration of art as a language that can transcend all other languages.
The project aims at empowering people everywhere to use art to express themselves. Public Delivery then shows this project in art institutions internationally to bridge the gap between institutions and people, representing their creativity.
Silence Was Golden was performed 239 times in 1/5 of the world’s countries (165 cities, 42 countries, six continents).
Map of performances
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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Bosnia and Herzegovina Mostar
Cambodia Phnom Penh
Canada Banff, Edmonton, Toronto
China 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
France Metz, Montbéliard, Nancy
Germany Bochum, Bonn, Bottrop, Detmold, Dortmund, Duisburg, Dülmen, Düsseldorf, Essen, Freiburg (Kenzingen), Gelsenkirchen, Halle, Haltern am See, Hamm, Heidelberg, Herford, Herten, Hüttenberg, Kamen, Köln, Münster, Oberhausen, Osnabrück, Tecklenburg, Teutoburg Forest, Wetzlar (Ehringshausen)
Israel Tel Aviv
Italy Lecce, Milano
Kuwait Kuwait City, Shuwaikh
Malaysia Pulau Rawa
Mexico Chihuahua City, Ciudad Juárez
New Zealand Dunedin
Peru Machu Picchu
Qatar Singing Sand Dunes
San Marino San Marino
South Africa Johannesburg
South Korea Gangneung, Gwangju, Incheon, Jeongdongjin, Seoraksan, Seoul, Sokcho
Sri Lanka Colombo
Switzerland Grindelwald, La Chaux-des-Fonds, Murten
Thailand Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Phanom, Nonthaburi
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