Friday, November 30, 2007

Recycling Old Tires Into Art

Artist Chakaia Booker is known for her sculptures that utilize old tires that are cut, shaped and folded, then woven into dynamic, highly textured designs.

What better place for an installation of artwork made of old tires than Indianapolis, home of the world-famous Indianapolis 500 auto race held each May.

Booker is creating at least nine original, site-specific sculptures for a temporary public art exhibition in Indianapolis, opening in May 2008, and ending April 1, 2009.

The New York based artist has produced acclaimed shows in sculpture parks including Storm King in New York and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, and has been included in important museum and gallery exhibitions including the 2000 Whitney Biennial.

The tire art will reflect the history and culture of Indianapolis, including the spirit and energy of Madam C.J. Walker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and social activist; musician, producer, entrepreneur Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds; the Jazz, Blues and R&B of Naptown; and the Underground Railroad. And, of course, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The artwork also acknowledges the city's GreenPrint plan for a more environmentally sensitive future.