Participate in publicly displaying
Anuar Maauad’s artwork on your building in Denver
Mexico City-based artist, Anuar Maauad is gifting Denverites a series of 100 small-scale, bronze, text-based artworks.
The bronze artworks mimic the look and feel of the Trump Tower signage and read “To share is precious, pure, and fair.” The text references a lyric from Marvin Gaye's song “I Want You” and conveys a message of empathy.
The artwork is a gift to those who participate. To receive an artwork, you must agree to display the work on a building exterior for one year.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2019.
*Note, you must be a building owner or have approval from the building owner. Installation will begin in August 2019 and continue on a rolling basis.
*You will need a wall space at least 2 feet long by 2 feet tall to display the artwork.
About the artwork:
Each sculptural phrase mimics the thick, geometric, slab serif font and gold coloring of the iconic Trump Tower sign. Contrary to the Trump Tower sign, Maauad’s series of text installations are approachable in scale and relay an uplifting message, subtly transforming an icon synonymous with power into an artwork that symbolizes kindness.
The phrase is a lyric from “I Want You” by American singer and songwriter Marvin Gaye, which was later covered by Madonna. In this artwork, the artist is reversing the aesthetics associated with divisiveness with a message that conveys inclusivity, a timely subject given the current relations between the United States and Mexico.
Further, by engaging 100 public sites throughout the city, the artist is quite literally acting out the message of this work—encouraging members of the community share and disseminate a positive anecdote.
About the artist:
Anuar Maauad (b. 1984) lives and works in Mexico City. Maauad’s recent work examines the relationship between the political identity and social memory, and the subject of the perceptive experience. He received his BS in Architecture from the Universidad de Las Américas, Puebla, and a BFA from La Esmeralda (Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado), Mexico City. In 2010, he founded Casa Maauad, a non-for-profit residency program based in Mexico City that operated for seven years. His work can be found in significant collections, including the Jumex Foundation in Mexico, the Costantini Collection in Argentina, as well as most recently the Denver Art Museum.
Special Thanks to the Biennial of the Americas
We are launching this art project in partnership with the Biennial of the Americas 2019 Festival. We believe this is a timely and meaningful opportunity to highlight a Mexico City artist in Denver, whose artwork aligns with the festival theme of “Empathy in Action.”