New World Symphony,
Miami Beach, FL
For two evenings, Miami Art Week attendees had the opportunity to ponder the question “What positive message do you want to send out into the world today?” when EMANARE (2021), Crown’s traveling interactive multimedia installation, was presented on New World Symphony’s famed 7,000-square-foot outdoor WALLCAST®.
Inspired by Buddhist prayer wheels and the Latin word emanare (meaning to flow out, send forth, emit), Crown created this public art experience to spread joy in these challenging times. Audiences were asked to scan a QR code (or visit the artist’s website) to submit their own uplifting messages of hope and positivity. Once approved by moderators, their affirmations scrolled on large LED screens. New messages were constantly added, turning viewers into collaborators as the phrases overlapped, merged, and drifted skyward on a background of colors borrowed from Crown’s painting palette.
In its Miami iteration, the installation was enhanced by an audio soundscape developed in collaboration with New World Symphony Fellows Douglas Aliano, Amelia del Cano, Ben Fryxell, Zoë Merrill, Zachary Ragent, and Marcelina Suchocka.