Vince McKelvie, Gull, 2018
video courtesy of the artist
In Vince McKelvie’s animation 'Gull,' viewers see the image of a balloon-like head floating atop a body of water, surrounded by debris. The work speaks to our impact on the environment, and suggests nurturing our natural habitats contribute to a healthier world. Gull’s enigmatic presence will provide a brief respite from the regularly presented commercials featured on this digital billboard.
‘Gull’ will be exhibited on The Denver Theatre District’s outdoor, digital screen in downtown Denver (14th Street & Champa Street), mixed among the regular advertising. The animated short focuses on technology’s influence on our well-being, explores the nuances of emotions, and subverts the traditional commercial use of digital billboards.
This video is a part of ‘Happy City: Art for the People,’ a six-week, citywide art intervention with the purpose of breaking down personal, emotional and social barriers, while nurturing individual and collective well-being. Initiated by British artist Stuart Semple, ‘Happy City’ is produced by The Denver Theatre District with artistic direction by Black Cube and is a result of collaboration among a number of funding partners, including Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Community First Foundation, Denver Arts & Venues, Downtown Denver Business Improvement District, Downtown Denver Partnership, McWHINNEY, P.S. You Are Here, Sage Hospitality and VISIT DENVER.
‘Happy City’ is on view from May 18 through June 30, 2018.