Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Visual and Performing Arts
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Fine Arts | Other Arts and Humanities
www.200hearts.net was envisioned as a way of bringing people together through their interactions with a series of handmade objects. My goal as a metalsmith is to create objects compelling enough to elicit response and inspire an ever-evolving Internet-based conversation on the general topics of friendship, love, universality, and shared experience. Thus, I am interested in art as a dialogical process of shared knowing rather than a process solely relying on the insight of the artist.
Two hundred copper hearts were created by hand to facilitate this discussion and to create a community based on the shared experience of interacting with these objects. While each heart was formed from a single mold, the result was two hundred hearts that are each unique. Utilizing a hydraulic press, each piece of copper became a volumetric form and then was further embellished using a variety of techniques including enameling, roll printing, and texture hammering.
After fabrication, each heart was numbered with both an edition number (1-200) and an alphanumeric serial number (for authenticity purposes), documented through the use of a flatbed scanner, and then either mailed to a specific acquaintance or left in a public place to be found. The hope is that recipients will respond to their hearts and then can choose whether to keep their heart or to pass it along to someone else, thus eventually making the website an abstract representation of a broader social network.
It is my goal that these two hundred hearts will only be a starting point and that eventually more hearts will be created, distributed, and circulated around the country, and eventually around the world.
Huff, Lindsay, "www . 200hearts . net" (2006). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 609.
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