Random Acts of Kindness in Sydney

For his new artwork Acts of Kindness, UK artist Michael Landy is collecting stories of Sydney's random acts of kindness.

Gemma O'Donoghue
Published on July 25, 2011

Have  you seen a perfect stranger perform a random act of kindness? A school kid give up their seat for a little old lady on the bus? Had some mystery Sydneysider, without expecting a word of thanks, paid for your flat white? Then the Kaldor Public Arts Projects wants to hear from you.

For the last forty odd years, John Kaldor has been inviting international artists to bring their innovative ideas and public arts projects to our shores. Their most recent project was John Baldessari's Your Name In Lights, which gave Sydneysiders their chance to have their 15 seconds of fame, and quickly became the talking point of the 2011 Sydney Festival.

Now, they have brought UK artist Michael Landy to Sydney to create his installation piece, Acts of Kindness. Landy's idea for the project is to collect everyday (and seemingly unnoticed) stories of random acts of kindness, then turn them into an artwork which will - both artistically and literally - return the stories to the busy Sydney streets from which they came. It may even inspire a few more.

The work will be shown in the city centre for one month from September 23, 2011.

Published on July 25, 2011 by Gemma O'Donoghue
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