Project Description

JOKESTER 2 (2018)

Miami Design District, Miami, FL

“Our insatiable appetite for natural resources continues to threaten our environment and our existence. We must be engaged both individually and collectively in caring for the planet.” – Paula Crown

On Tuesday, December 4, DACRA will unveil JOKESTER 2, a monumental replica of a crushed red SOLO Cup by artist Paula Crown, in Miami’s Design District during Miami Art Week 2018. The site-specific artwork is the second large-scale sculpture in the SOLO TOGETHER series.  Its counterpart debuted earlier this year as a public art project in Aspen, Colorado, aimed at disrupting the bucolic scenery with a bold call-to-action to end single-use plastic waste. Crown’s JOKESTER 2 debut creates a pointed moment for reflection amidst the excitement and exuberance of Miami Art Week.

The signature 10-foot red sculpture acts as a “stop sign,” encouraging individuals to pause and examine how we shape our world, how our world shapes us, and the marks we leave behind in transient moments. “Single-use plastics and our insatiable appetite for natural resources continue to threaten our environment, and, frankly, our existence,” says the artist. Crown asks questions like, ”What happens to all the plastic we use only once and toss? Who cleans it up? What are the permanent traces we leave behind?” drawing attention to our position as complicit consumers who have the power to change our legacy.

As part of the project, Crown has partnered with The Surfrider Foundation to support its “Rise Above Plastics” campaign. The social-media-based campaign asks the public to take a photo with Jokester 2 and tag @paulacrown_art, #JOKESTER and #SOLOTOGETHER. For every photo shared on Instagram during the week of Art Basel (December 4-9), @surfridermiami will clean one pound (1lb) of plastic waste off Miami’s beaches.

From 2014 to 2016, Miami’s Design District was home to Crown’s Transposition: Over Many Miles, a public art installation involving Theaster Gates’ studio, Studio Gang Architects, and the Design Apprenticeship Program at the Arts Incubator at the University of Chicago. The 3,200-square-foot installation was an active site for community engagement brought alive with yoga, school visits, and performances by the New World Symphony and the Alma Dance Theater.  Crown’s new work represents her continued focus on environmental sustainability, civic engagement and responsibility, and the exploration of intangible forces that connect and define us. 

Jokester 2 will be one view at 95 NE 40th Street, Miami, FL 33137 starting on December 4, 2018.

December 4, 2020 – Ongoing