Public Programming & Community Engagement
New York, NY
The Village Alliance has been a leading advocate for the Village community of NYC for over twenty years. As a Business Improvement District, the Alliance works with area residents, businesses, cultural and academic institutions to ensure the district continues to grow and succeed. The Village Alliance mission is to enhance the neighborhood’s quality-of-life by creating a cleaner, safer and more enjoyable environment.
A landmark Artwork by the Public
Creativity Cubed returned to Astor Place on July 7, 2018, for a third year of public creativity and art around one of New York City’s most iconic pieces of public art, the Alamo sculpture or “the Cube”.
For Creativity Cubed 2018 the Village Alliance commissioned Mark to create a platform on which to evoke perceptions about creative spontaneity in public space.
“Essentially, the public are the work of art - their motions, actions and participation builds the work’s importance. This event aims to capture this mood - creating a hub and network, born from engagement, dialogue, reaction and action - a space to contemplate the past whilst looking towards the future of community, collaboratively.”
Through the construction of a temporary 8’ x 8’ x 8’ plywood cube, initially covered in 100 individually numbered custom white t-shirts, Mark created a space for interactive and immersive intervention, which rapidly became a nexus of live engagement, reaction, and action.
Friends and strangers gathered and bonded through creativity and personal expression as they contemplated the past, reacted to the present, and looked to the future. The sharing of individual stories, sentiments, and thoughts ranged from current affairs to music, fashion to video games, and the East Village to Barcelona and everywhere in between.
Draw, paint, spray - share your narrative with NYC