Shoes of The City

Shoes represent the individuals that wear them. Because our shoes go where we go, they bear the narrative of our journeys, the places we’ve been, and the lives we’ve lived. Similarly, the shoes of a community tell a more comprehensive story, one of diversity, collectivity, progress. This art project, Shoes of the City 2014, will include an interactive sculpture made with the shoes of our city. Together, we will gather a collection of donated shoes then, one by one, we will place the shoes in a path around the historic Liberty Park. The aim of the art project, is three fold: 1) to portray the shared identity of a community through a variety shoes, 2) to bring art out of the gallery and into the public sphere, and 3) to provide a public platform where members of our city can participate in making art while simultaneously contributing to the needs of individuals within our community.

This path of shoes will represent our community, a diverse group of individuals, gathering and moving forward collectively. This project requires group participation through the donation, collection and placement of shoes in the sculpture. By placing donated shoes into the path, participants can demonstrate a willingness to engage in a greater cause. Subsequently, this project, I hope, will both heighten our awareness of, and increase our sensitivity toward, our city and its people.

At the end of the event, all the shoes will be donated to the Road Home, an organization whose support has helped the homeless in our city for years. The event will take place in Liberty Park on August 16, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Make sure to bring a pair of shoes to include in our path!

If you’d like to know more about this event, or to schedule an interview with Summer Ellison, please call 801-592-9506 or email summerlynnellison@gmail.com.