CEC Artslink presents Publicly Creative: A Public Art Workshop. Public art is a fast-growing discipline with many unexplored opportunities for artists and communities. This workshop is a hands-on intensive introduction to the field, outlining resources, logistics, opportunities, and examples of successful collaborations. Recognizing artistic initiative as a valuable asset and a catalyst for a dialogue and transformation, we will explore how site-specific collaborations in varied cultural, geographic and political areas can influence business, social awareness and economic development. Encouraging close inspection of the particular issues faced by a specific New York community chosen by the participants, the workshop and the resulting public art work(s) will provide a unique platform for the participants and the public to explore and appropriate the city’s landscapes.

May 14, 2011

Streets Are paved in Gold

I sample it out on a street near my home just to get a feel. Decided not to leave it the area was too loose. Getting ready to leave town will look at he blog over the next few days to stay in touch. It has been a great experience.


  1. Hi Juana. I've gilded in the past. If you want to share tips for gilding stuff, or an assistant, I'm available.


  2. i LOVE this idea! i think there are so many social layers here and they're all wrapped up in visually concise package. A gold leafed cobble stone will be beautiful and intriguing. It would definitely make me question a lot of things. Also to note that there is a biblical reference here that the streets in heaven are 'paved with gold'.

  3. p.s. i checked out your website and i'm really interested in your porcelain boats and the mattress photos! they resonated with a lot of issues that i deal with in my own work.

  4. Juana - it looks great, pure gold. I like this project since it has layers and multiple possibilities of reading: it could be ironic, humorous, sad (streets are paved in gold, but there is only one golden stone, and the street doesn't look that good anyway, etc...)
    With a bigger budget one could think about installing a spotlight on the nearby pole, at night the golden stone could be lightened with a single small circle of light.

  5. Juana, I completely agree with Danijel: It looks great! I find it extraordinary how just one guilded stone changes the whole street. I also like the way you have chosen a spot in the street that is "deconstructed" as this is what you are doing with this age-old myth.

    Bravo and thanks for your clear thinking and advice on my project and others. You have a way of grasping an idea and reducing it to essential steps in the concept and the making.

  6. Yes, striking and provocative. Well done!