FAILE Installs a Prayer Wheel In the Middle of Times Square

 

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

New York, NY – There’s a little bit of sacred sitting amidst the lights and constant stream of noise in Times Square.

Times Square Arts* collaborates with contemporary artists to experiment and engage in one of the most iconic places – Times Square, have joined with the Brooklyn-based artists collaboration FAILE for FAILE: Wishing on You, an interactive public installation reimagining Asian prayer wheels.  Wishing on You explores this form of mediation with contemporary patterns of consumption, desire, and myth-making within a contextually juxtaposing landscape.

Prayer Wheels, used in some European, Asian, and American spiritual rituals are found in sacred gathering places.  Used for enlightenment – one would spin the prayer wheel clockwise while chanting the wheel’s inscribed mantra to accumulate good karma to purify oneself from the negative (bad karma).

FAILE’s spin on this spiritual symbol puts the contemporary offering in the hands of the public in an untraditional spot of communal gathering. The hand carved 7ft tall prayer wheel is full of the duo’s trademark typography, and eye-catching boldly colored collage graphics.

“The piece will ask viewers to think about what spirituality and desire look like in the context of affluent global cities and create a place of spontaneity and shared experience. Even the movement of the sculpture, with each turn of the wheel powering the neon lights on the piece, is an act of collaboration and hope rather than passive viewing.”

The piece will be on display at Broadway plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets from August 17 – September 1, 2015; presented in collaboration with FAILE’s exhibition, FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds, running at the Brooklyn Museum from July 10- October 4, 2015.

photo by Jaime rojo/ Brooklyn Street Art

photo by Jaime rojo/ Brooklyn Street Art

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

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Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

Photograph courtesy of Ka-Man Tse for @TSqArts.

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*Times Square Arts, the public art program of the Times Square Alliance, collaborates with contemporary artists and cultural institutions to experiment and engage with one of the world’s most iconic urban places. FAILE

For more information, visit www.faile.net.