Celebrated UK artist Michael Landy announces his new work for the 24th Kaldor Public Art Project! For Acts of Kindness 2011, Landy is calling for your stories of kindness from the streets of Sydney.
Michael Landy is one of Britain's best known artists and has created some of the most significant public art projects of the decade. He first began thinking about the ideas behind Acts of Kindness after making his work Break Down (2001) in an old department store in London's Oxford Street. For Break Down, the artist destroyed all of his belongings, from his clothes and artworks to his passport and car, to reflect on 'what makes us human, more than just consumers'.
Landy's other major projects include Semi-Detached (2004), for which he reproduced his parents' house to scale inside the galleries of Tate Britain, and Art Bin (2010) where he invited artists to come and throw away their work at the South London Gallery. His work are inspired by the values of our society, from economic worth and the value of labour to the importance of human relationships.
In Sydney, Acts of Kindness is an exploration of the meaning of kindness in today's fast-paced world. Everyday stories of kindness will be collected from people across Sydney and will become part of the Landy's project online and his major new installation in the Sydney CBD from 23 September - 23 October this year.