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Janis to join Play Me I’m Yours Florence

on Wednesday, 20 January 2016. Posted in Good life, Local News

Janis to join Play Me I’m Yours Florence
JANIS COMING TO FLORENCE

The Willcox Buyck & Williams Foundation announces that The Janis Project will become part of Play Me I’m Yours Florence 2016, April 15 – May 1. Artist Frank Hyder of Miami, Fla., created the inflatable sculpture in 2015. The huge air-filled head reflects Aztec, Olmec, Easter Island, and the Roman god Janus, whose backward-forward look gave the name January.

Frank Hyder has had solo exhibitions in museums around the world, including the Museum of American Art/Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Carnegie Museum, the DiRosa Collection, and the Library of Congress. His awards include a Senior Fulbright Research Grant, U.S. Embassy Cultural Grants, and two National Endowment Grants.

When Hyder created The Janis Project, his large-scale inflatable sculpture travelled the entire coast of Europe from Istanbul to St. Petersburg. The sculpture’s name has been altered from the Roman god to a neutral gender, reflecting contemporary social norms, and the dual-colored faces celebrate mankind’s ethnic differences.

“Janis carries a message of equality and goodwill and dares to step out of the normal world of art museums or art galleries to be among the people; Play Me I’m Yours Florence 2016 is a welcome home for Janis, since their messages are shared. Florence’s street pianos and Janis will make us all consider, with a smile, issues that could divide us,” says artist Frank Hyder. Janis will be displayed spontaneously throughout Florence at the same time as the street pianos. For further information, contact Roger Malfatti, project manager, 843-260-6210, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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