Sunset Bubbles, 2021 – present

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Fridays since the end of February 2021 Smith executes weekly installments of this public art project Sunset Bubbles.

This image is by Carolyn Lagattuta UCSC campus photographer who has documented Smith’s work since 2016.

Sunset Bubbles, 2015 – present

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In this series of gestures timed to end at sunset, there is light for participants to be sure footed and darkness to facilitate the viewing of intensified light refractions. Look closely at the body language and faces of participants and observe the varying embodiments of play and untethered consciousness.

Since 2015 the project has included groups of up to 300 people at one time—providing bubble juice, buckets, and tri-cord wands. The project was supported through grants from the UCSC Art Department, Santa Cruz Museum of Art History, UCSC Porter College, and the Santa Cruz County Regional Burning Man unSCruz.

This project survives through the documentation of: Carolyn Lagattuta, Stephen Louis Marino, Zhill Olonan, Shubham Modi, Lia Pierce, Bridget Lyons, Nicole Peattie, Mark Woodward, Mark Davis, justthekewlstuff, and others. 

Special thanks for support goes to: Marcy Ramirez, James Blaine, Sean Keilen, Emily Hope Dobkin, Jennifer Parker, Anne Della Corte, Brian Lawrence, Katie Perry, Beth Stephens, and the Circle K Club.

Below are 8 volunteered videos from members of the Santa Cruz and University of California, Santa Cruz communities.

#LoveBubble

A public action injecting bubbles into daily live of visitors to West Cliff Drive in Santa Cruz, CA.

photo credit: Nikko