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Share memories and hopes 2011 Candy was commissioned by the Alaska Design Forum to create a public art project on the tallest building in Fairbanks. The Polaris Building was once an apartment complex, then a hotel, and now it’s been vacant for more than a decade. And this isn’t an anomaly. Abandoned buildings have become such a common sight that they often slip quietly into the backdrop of our cities like an accepted part of our landscape. How can we learn more about the stories behind our buildings and how can they better fulfill our needs and dreams today?
Self-evaluation in transit 2006 Candy spends a lot of time walking and thinking. Walking has become a therapeutic time for her to simmer on her day and the things going on in her life. Pedestrians in the city often find themselves walking in deep thought. A routine trip can prompt reflections on everything from future goals to last night’s dinner conversation.
What is important to you 2011-ongoing It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and forget what really matters to you. After I lost someone I loved very much, I thought about death a lot. This helped clarify my life, the people I want to be with, and the things I want to do, but I struggled to maintain perspective. I wondered if other people felt the same way.
Promoting green sidewalks 2008 New York City’s Chinatown was Candy’s home for many years and it is a land of good food, colorful shops, and fresh produce. It is also a land of three trees in a ten-block radius.
What happens in Vegas... 2012 As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas - but what if we could share with full discretion? Confessions is a public art project that invites people to anonymously share their confessions and see the confessions of the people around them in the heart of the Las Vegas strip. As Art Production Fund Artist-in-Residence at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Candy lived in the The Cosmpolitan for a month and turned its P3 Studio gallery into a contemplative place for people to anonymously share their confessions. Inspired by Post Secret , Shinto shrine prayer walls, and Catholicism, she created a place where people could write and submit their confessions on wooden plaques in the privacy of confession booths.
Civic input on-site 2010 I Wish This Was was inspired by vacant storefronts. There are many where Candy lives in New Orleans. There are also many people who need and want things. Who knows a place better than the people who live and work there? We know what businesses and services we need, and we know what would make our neighborhoods more ours.
Local communication study 2007 This is a condensed version of Candy’s 2007 Master’s of Urban Planning thesis at Columbia University called Hello, Neighbors!: Outdoor Flyers, Online Forums, and an Eye Towards Collective Neighborhood Communication . We have more and more tools to reach out across the world, but it’s still hard to reach out to your entire neighborhood.
Flexible local platforms 2008 As part of Global Studio , Candy and international students worked with a community group in Johannesburg to learn, exchange knowledge, and help facilitate their needs. One day a little girl was lost in Diepsloot, a township in Johannesburg. She was safely found but it took three days, and local resident Bongani Baloyi saw how hard it was to spread the word that he started a non-profit called Diepsloot Community News (DCN) to improve local communication.
To find relief for us all 2007 Inspired by Gawker’s Subway Smells Map , Candy wondered if there was a way to alleviate some of New York City’s pungent odors. After using GIS to map out the location of semi-public restrooms in downtown NYC, she wanted to make this information publicly accessible so she created a notepad version and posted them at the 6, J, M, Z Canal St subway stops.
Vancouver interventions 2006 As part of Global Studio , Candy and international students worked with a community group in Vancouver to learn, exchange knowledge, and help facilitate their needs. Vancouver has the first safe injection site in North America, and the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) is a community organization of drug users and former users who provide peer support, education, and recovery help. Forced out of their SROs (single-room-occupancies) during the day, residents are left on the streets and many women are harassed in the male-dominant area.