Wear and Tear is a site-specific, mixed-media public art storytelling project based in New York City’s Garment District. Designed by Suyin Looui, Samara Smith, and A.E. Souzis, the installation featured a mixture of sound environment, print media, and objects to reveal a larger story about a neighborhood in transition.
Participants were given a series of postcards directing them to various story locations around the neighborhood. Each narrative focused on a different era, blending fiction and historic research. At each point, new clues directed participants to the final destination.
This project reflected the artist’s shared interests in the changing face of New York City (which often favors commercial spaces and privatization over public, democratic community space) and spatialized storytelling through a mix of different media and site-specific public art.
Public Experience, 2007, Garment District, New York
Gallery Installation, 2008, IMAterial MFA Group Show, Hunter College, New York