"FAILE: Wishing on You" reimagines Asian prayer wheels in the context of Times Square's kaleidoscopic history. Emblazoned with FAILE's visual language, artists Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller use this piece, their largest to date, to reimagine Times Square - a sacred American landscape known both for bright lights and the gathering of many communities. The piece asks viewers to think about what spirituality and desire look like in the context of affluent global cities and creates 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. Drawing on European, Asian, and American traditions, FAILE has reconceived sacred forms from around the world into highly interactive public sculptures, allowing them to build on a longstanding practice of inviting play and contemplation from the audience.
In collaboration with Brooklyn Museum, "FAILE: Savage/Sacred Young Minds," July 10 - October 4, 2015.