Ceramic thumbprints, footprints, gypsum, wood and tar paper
Visitors were invited to leave their mark in the space.
Participants took a ceramic thumbprint off the wall from a stranger and, in exchange, left their own thumbprint on the wall in charcoal to mark where they had been.
Visitors were also invited to walk across the gypsum-covered platform and leave their footprints on the tar paper that covered the gallery floors.
Tea bags, unfired porcelain and string
Taconite Bounce was an interactive artwork that was created for the Alloy Pittsburgh residency at Carrie Furnaces, a Pittsburgh iron mill that was in operation from 1907 to 1978.
The site for Taconite Bounce was originally used to transport pellets of taconite, a low-grade iron ore, from one area of the mill to another location. Tremendous amounts of the material would be dumped through this enormous grate into a rail car below.
Flying taconite pellets was the inspiration for this interactive piece that transformed the car dumper area into a site for a new game. Players tried to get pellets through the designated parts of the grid by bouncing them off the mini orange trampolines.
The piece sparked engagement and conversation about the history of the site. Visitors also said that they didn't realize there was artwork in this area at first, but were curious when they heard the peculiar sounds of "pings" coming from up above.
The One Good Thing Project is a participatory, public art project that invites people to reflect on the good that happens during each day.
People have participated in the project at local schools, coffee shops, and public spaces, including the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh- Main Hazelwood and Brookline.