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2 Days of Happiness
was a 2012 conceptual, interactive, public, sculptural installation funded by Seattle’s 4Culture and the City of Auburn.
 
The installation provided the general public with a reminder, in our dark times of economic despair, that happiness is important in our lives. It put an individual, lasting piece of art in the hands of 144 people — a tangible reminder to give, receive, and preserve happiness in our lives.

I created sandblasted wine bottles which read: HAPPINESS   CONTAINS DELIGHT, SMILES, JOY, EASY LAUGHTER & PURE FUN. LIGHT HUMOR ADDED TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS.

 

Using these bottles I created a 6’x6’ Mandala of Happiness: a galactic spiral-arm pattern using 72 blue & aqua wine bottles on an 8” high raised plinth. The mandala also included 4 brown bottles displaying negative emotions we often carry (worry, disappointment, frustration, etc.) with: WARNING: TOXIC! DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY. KEEP SEALED AT ALL TIMES, showing that happiness can overwhelm and subsume negative feelings.

As members of the general public approached and engaged with the artwork, they were able to take a bottle of Happiness, encouraging them to accept happiness freely and to allow happiness to come into their lives and homes.

 

Under each bottle was a circle containing one letter of HAPPINESS starting with H at the outer ring. As bottles disappeared, the mandala remained.  Under the center bottle will was:  ME.  When all bottles were gone, the public was invited to stand at the very center of happiness.

 

The bottles were all replaced on day two, repeating the experience. 

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