tsatsas a 14th street pilgrimage:    
 
new york, october 1-10,2011
 
October 2nd, 2011: Second day of A 14th Street Pilgrimage

First, some responses from participants. Here's a story & photo from 2, W 14th St:

Today I found a tsatsa in the hands of our shop buddha, where people often leave offerings. We placed it on our altar with the sacred items and gifts weve been given. So lovely! -Arden from Namaste bookshop

   

And here's a story from the High Line:

Hello!
I found this tsatsas below the highline on 14th st. Taking the elevator up I noticed it outside the yellow glass, and rode the elevator back down to check it out. I love finding things and this was a wonderful, day-making, sky-brightening find! I have number 28 out of 108, and plan to set it out somewhere new.
Thanks for the well wishes!
Aviva

 
     
Aviva's photograph comes from a day of laying out tsatsas roughly from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River. It's interesting to notice the fluctuations of money along 14th St - a sine wave of wealth, with the Meatpacking District and the area right around Union Square as some of the glitziest. A lot of this day's tsatsas wound up interacting with high-end retail & its associated advertising (even the bus shelters are fancy around there):
     
     
I notice interacting with these spaces is somewhat uncomfortable for me - lots of messages to the effect that Beauty and Art might not be colliding quite right in the person of Me, my couch is frumpy, and I'm not doing my part to get with the times. Luckily, there's also the High Line, a lovely bit of elevated public space. Lots of tsatsa opportunities there, in the trusses, green space, and access structures:
 
 
 
On my walks, I've been interested to see how (if at all) people think of the tsatsas when they see them. I set one up next to one of Tom Otterness' bronze sculptures at the 14th St L station. Then, a jolly person came along and said, "Would you like a picture of the sculpture with ME?" "Yes, of course," I said. The little tsatsa didn't register on his radar at all, as you can see in the photograph on the far right, below. Another time, a couple entered a phone booth where I'd just left a tsatsa, and the man asked the woman, "Do you think this is art in odd places?" She had no answer, and they left it where it was.
 
 
The central effort of this project is paying attention to ordinary spaces in the city. Sometimes this happens from sheer joy (as in response to the beautiful fire alarm post on the left, below); other times it comes from some impulse of reclaiming what has been ignored. I was surprised & happy to find some fellow Easter Bunny had been placing grape tomatoes at some of the same places I picked for tsatsa delivery. ATM as shrine to Laxmi? ATM as grotto of Our Lady of Bountiful Accounts?
 
   
14th Street project pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
 
     
 
       

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Art in Odd Places 2011: RITUAL is guest curated by Kalia Brooks, MoCADA Director of Exhibitions and Trinidad Fombella, El Museo Del Barrio Exhibitions Manager/Assistant Curator. Festival Producer, Lucia Warck Meister. Founder/Director, Ed Woodham.

Art in Odd Places (AiOP) aims to present art that stretches the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas. www.artinoddplaces.org