NEW YORK, N.Y. (Feb. 13, 2005) – The Futurebird Artists Group today announced the installation of The Buckets, a five-bucket array of semi-translucent plastic electric blue vessels displayed face-down with alternating handles.  These vessels will be displayed today at West 111th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue from 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in what its creator terms “a gift to the people of New York.”


Each of the five buckets is 11 inches in diameter and 10 inches tall, and weighs 20 ounces but is capable of holding three gallons of liquid.  (The buckets will not be employed in liquid-holding usage during the length of the installation.)  The buckets act as a color field breaking up the geometric pattern of the stone pavers while mirroring the circular shape of three nearby manhole covers.  It is the artists’ intent that the viewers reflect on their emptiness and their resemblance to some kind of shelter, perhaps for a small animal.


Though a work of public art, the display will not use public funds.   It is wholly financed by private equity of the artist, who contracted with $1 USA Superstore of 116th Street for the procurement of the raw materials.  No hours of police overtime will be required for this display.  The artist will not accept donations or sponsorships.


“You cannot buy the buckets after the exhibition,” said the creator of The Buckets, Susan Murray. “They’re going to be recycled, industrially. Some people may feel it is trendy to own a bucket or to have one in their home, but the buckets are not for sale.”


Photographs of the buckets are available on the Futurebird Artists Group website, (click for larger images)