Back in November art iswar traveled to Miami and left behind a transformed elevator with the message: “Don’t let society define your status.”
Location: GOLD GARAGE near the Graham Center
Outside it appears normal, except for simple and recognizable placards placed over the doorway to each elevator identifying respective “HAVE” and “HAVE NOT” compartments. The doors open and the elevator on the right is a dingy, dirty carrier seemingly forgotten by all. But on the left, the doors open to a beautifully transformed interior yeilding wallpapered walls, stained glass, curtains, framed picturesque prints, and music.”
The text that appears inside the elevator reads:
“This is not just an elevator; it is a metaphor for life. Everyday people ride the elevator to move between levels of a building. But elevators are designed with the status of the people intended to use the elevator in mind. The extremes range from extravagant parlor-like compartments for the rich, to shabby almost forgotten platforms for the poor. With this installation, it is the intent of the artist to draw out the black and whites.
Society has placed a border around the so-called separation between the have and the have not. It is our duty as a people to question this imposed rule of thumb; to ask ourselves is it right for us to accept this permeable doctrine as truth. We are expected to not notice, to let it slide, after all it is only a ride in an elevator.
You are challenged now as you exit this elevator to look for the hidden implications of everyday life. Do not allow yourself to be overlooked.