JOKESTER is a large-scale sculpture series by Paula Crown. Originating from an installation work — SOLO TOGETHER — JOKESTER takes Crown’s solo cup sculptures and brings it to a monumental scale. As a part of #solotogether, JOKESTER serves as a reminder of consumption, waste, pollution, and re-use. It was installed in Upper Gondola Plaza at The Little Nell in Aspen on Saturday June 23rd, 2018.
On Tuesday, December 4, DACRA unveiled JOKESTER 2 in Miami’s Design District during Miami Art Week 2018. The site-specific artwork is the second large-scale sculpture in the SOLO TOGETHER series. Its counterpart debuted earlier this year as a public art project in Aspen, Colorado, aimed at disrupting the bucolic scenery with a bold call-to-action to end single-use plastic waste. Crown’s JOKESTER 2 debut creates a pointed moment for reflection amidst the excitement and exuberance of Miami Art Week.
The signature 10-foot red sculpture acts as a “stop sign,” encouraging individuals to pause and examine how we shape our world, how our world shapes us, and the marks we leave behind in transient moments. “Single-use plastics and our insatiable appetite for natural resources continue to threaten our environment, and, frankly, our existence,” says the artist. Crown asks questions like, ”What happens to all the plastic we use only once and toss? Who cleans it up? What are the permanent traces we leave behind?” drawing attention to our position as complicit consumers who have the power to change our legacy.
As part of the project, Crown has partnered with The Surfrider Foundation to support its “Rise Above Plastics” campaign. The social-media-based campaign asks the public to take a photo with Jokester 2 and tag @paulacrown_art, #JOKESTER and #SOLOTOGETHER. For every photo shared on Instagram during the week of Art Basel (December 4-9), @surfridermiami will clean one pound (1lb) of plastic waste off Miami’s beaches.