How long did this project go on for?
From March 1st through August 31st, 2017.
How did the artists decide where to draw the circle?
The artists chose a circle that would connect the very different neighborhoods in New York City to the Guggenheim Museum. The line of the circle went directly through the central atrium of the Guggenheim Museum. It's circumference was decided by establishing its center as a point on the map in the East River called Middle Ground and then extending into Harlem, the South Bronx, Astoria Queens and back through the Upper East Side.
How were the six partner venues chosen?
The research and development of the project took over a year. The artists traveled the whole circle many times and visited every publicly accessible place that happened to fall on the line. The final selection of locations was made to create as broad as possible of a cross section of venues, value-systems and audiences.
Where did people get a spinning wheel like the one on the front page?
During the project's duration, visitors could pick up a free spinning wheel at any of the six venues. The wheels acted as an introduction to the project as well as a map to find out what was where each month.
How and where did people experience the project?
Each location had hours when they were open to the public. Every month each location hosted special events on additional days and times.
Were programs and special events free?
Yes, all programs and special events were free and open to the public.
I was not able to visit any of the partner sites. How can I see what happened as part of . . . circle through New York?
Check our blog for a closer look into what is happening around . . . circle through New York. We regularly post videos, photos, texts and other documentation to share the many experiences gathered over the course of the project. You can also follow us on Instagram at @circleny or #CircleNY for more updates.
What type of a bird is Pinkie and how did she become a part of this project?
Pinkie is a salmon-crested cockatoo, also known as a Moluccan cockatoo, who has been in the care of Pet Resources, one of our community partners. The team at Pet Resources specially chose Pinkie to participate in . . . circle through New York because of her warm and friendly personality, and of course her beauty and charm as well!
How was Pinkie being cared for?
Pinkie was under the supervision and care of dedicated and specially trained caretakers at each of the partner locations. Pinkie also received regular visits from an avian veterinarian, as well as her best friend and handler from Pet Resources.
Were any professionals consulted towards Pinkie’s care and participation in this project?
Dr. Alexandra Wilson of the Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine consulted on Pinkie’s participation in . . . circle through New York, as well as her daily care routine. We remained in regular and close communication with Dr. Wilson to ensure that all safety, health and daily care protocols were being properly implemented. Learn about Dr. Wilson’s support for . . . circle through New York here.
What did people who met Pinkie think about her?
Pinkie loves to meet new people, and most of her newfound fans admire her for her serene, playful and friendly personality. Through participating in . . . circle through New York, Pinkie inspired paintings, drawings, dances, and countless curious conversations. Everywhere she went, Pinkie formed bonds with new friends at each location.