Release Your Inner Unicorn

This, our second installation, is quite experimental. We wanted something interactive, because we so much enjoyed watching the public engage in dialogue over the flamingo installation the previous week and wanted something that would give them a chance to actively engage and leave their mark.

Having well and truly acknowledged and released my inner unicorn over the past year, I chose that as the theme – encouraged by the fact that we found a super cute and large unicorn at Jumbo! An invitation to “Release Your Inner Unicorn” was accompanied by an invitation to members of the public to write something about the desires and dreams of their unicorn.

Setting up the installation was more challenging than expected because that evening there were super strong winds, but Maya* and I persevered and were able to finish setting up the piece just before dark. Unfortunately the municipality took apart the installation early the following morning because they needed the platform on which we set it up. But a dozen or so people did manage to leave comments, half of them in Arabic. It was Eid (post-Ramadan celebration) so playing on the literal translation for the traditional Eid greeting “Blessed celebration. Every year may you be well”, we had included a board that read “Celebrate yourself. Every year may you be a unicorn”.

Installation date: 24 May 2020

*Maya is my inspired and inspiring daughter. Her name appears frequently in these pages, as she is not only my greatest love, but also my muse and my teacher.

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