Award-Winning Artist Elayna Toby Singer Announces Next Community Art Project Kinetic Intentions
Public invited to free workshops September – December with final installation set for February 2017 during International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium
Boynton Beach, Fla. (August 22, 2016) Following the success of the February 2015 Kinetic-Connections, which won the People’s Choice Award for the transformation of an historic kapok tree into living kinetic art, artist Elayna Toby Singer announces her next community creation, Kinetic Intentions. The public is invited to take part through a series of FREE mini-mobile making workshops and the largest temporary kinetic, tree art installation in Palm Beach County. The multi-part Kinetic Intentions is part of the City of Boynton Beach’s 2017 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium which takes place February 3 – 5, 2017.
The first phase of the participatory art project features a limited number of free countywide workshops from September to December that explore “the Art, Science & Soul of Making Mobiles” under the guidance of Elayna Toby Singer. Each mini-mobile will be constructed using fishing line and recycled seed pods from Florida’s Mahogany trees which are threatened to extinction in the wild. Participants will experience the centering, meditative process of mobile making while pondering their intentions for personal and environmental balance.
Inspired by the Tibetan Prayer Ribbon tradition, workshop attendees will also write their personal intentions onto ribbons which will be affixed, along with the mini-mobiles, to the final kinetic art tree installation in February 2017.
The next phase of Kinetic Intentions takes place February 3 when Ms. Singer creates an outdoor, kinetic “room” by attaching cables between four trees in the park east of Boynton’s Civic Center. Once the connecting lines are secured, she will hang 150 six-foot long kinetic strands creating a curtained “room.”
The public is invited to write their own Intention Ribbon, select one of the 500 mini-mobiles on display from the workshops, and then add both to one of the 150 six-foot kinetic strands, bringing the art setting among trees to life during the free International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, on February 4 and 5. Names of all workshop attendees will be entered into a drawing to receive one of the 150+ kinetic sculptures at the end of the kinetic art weekend.
The Kinetic Intentions free workshops, open to everyone aged 13 and up, are scheduled as follows:
Sunday, September 18 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm at The Box Gallery, located at 811 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach.
Sunday, October 9 from 3:00-4:30pm at Bootz Cultural Arts Center, located at 420 S. State Rd 7, Suite 118, in Royal Palm Beach.
Wednesday, November 9 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at Unity of the Palm Beaches at Temple Israel located at 1901 N. Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach.
Further workshops will be announced within the coming month.
Kinetic Intentions, a creation of artist Elayna Toby Singer, is commissioned by the City of Boynton Beach’s Art in Public Places. Singer has been creating kinetic art sculpture and jewelry since the mid 1990’s and incorporating “found objects” since 2003. Locally, her commissioned works and exhibitions have been shown in Palm Beach and Broward Counties for more than six years. In 2009, Elayna Toby was invited by Habla: The Center for Language and Culture in Merida Mexico, to lead her first “Natural Mobiles” workshop. With a BS in Cultural Anthropology and an MS in Public Horticulture and Museum Management, Ms. Singer’s career in creative placemaking began in the early 1990’s when she spent fifteen years in some of the nation’s leading public gardens and arboreta creating experiences that engaged the public in the art, science and heritage of plants and the essential role they play in our lives.
About Kinetic Intentions
Created by the multi-talented, multi-media artist Elayna Toby Singer, Kinetic Intentions is a joyful and exuberant temporary Public Art Project that follows in the footsteps of the artist’s award winning Kinetic Connections project that generated so much public attention in 2015.
This inspiring county-wide project intends to engage and entertain the community through free, artist-led mini-mobile workshops, in which participants will be guided through the art, science and soul of creating art that moves.
As a crescendo to the workshops, Elayna Toby Singer will create a seemingly magical, motion-filled outdoor curtained “room” of 150 six foot long kinetic strands anchored by four trees. This “living” room will be festooned with the kinetic mini-mobiles and intention ribbons during the International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium February 3– 5, 2017.
The entire community is invited to write his or her own Intention Ribbon, select one of the 500 mini-mobiles crafted in the workshops, and then add both a mini-mobile and intention ribbon to one of the 150 six-foot kinetic strands, bringing this artful setting among trees to life.
Kinetic Intentions is part of the City of Boynton Beach’s 2017 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium.
For more information, please visit elaynatobyart.com/kineticintentions.
The 2017 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium, February 3-5, is a FREE biennial event in Boynton Beach, FL. This event will connect you to one-of-a-kind visual art experiences. For information visit: www.IntlKineticArtEvent.org.