From the Crow’s Nest | THE SCENE
A repurposed shipping container houses a creative
and contemporary community mobile art project. WRITTEN BY LAURA BELL
MAN Y ARTISTS CREATE A PIECE OF ART privately in their
studio and then put it on display for the public to view and react to,
and, hopefully, gain recognition and support from it. Very few actively
engage the public ;rst and create their art from the community they
interacted with—which is exactly what photographer Nicola Muirhead
and designer Stratton Hat;eld did with their WE ARE NOW project.
;e duo worked together to photograph over 600 people in their
simple mobile photo booth (basically a white sheet draped in the back
of their car) and used the resulting library of over 4,500 images—
including images of Bermuda’s natural environment—to create a stunning
visual mosaic of Bermuda’s unique diversity.
“;e original purpose of WE ARE NOW was to collect images of
the people of Bermuda from our mobile photo booth to make video
mosaics re;ecting the diverse colour spectrum of Bermuda’s people and
places,” explained Hat;eld.
“We then developed the WE ARE NOW mobile gallery to emulate
our mobile photo booth and converted a shipping container into a
contemporary viewing space that features the video mosaics. Inside the
gallery, images are transformed into macro images on a projector screen
while a musical composition by Yesha Townsend plays. ;e mobile
gallery was designed to be trucked around the island, dropped in vari-
ous locations and opened for extended hours so anyone can enjoy the
videos and music on display.”
;e 20-foot repurposed shipping container, complete with air
conditioning, seating, screen and speakers, was placed in various loca-
tions around the island—including City Hall, Ordnance Island in St.
George’s, the National Museum of Bermuda in Dockyard and Front
Street—in order to give as many people as possible the opportunity to
view the piece. ;e project was possible thanks to a grant from the Ber-
muda Arts Council and partnership with both Air Care and Bermuda
Forwarders who trucked the container from end to end. ;e project
was launched on August 11th and future plans for further exhibitions
are in the works.
“;e video mosaics, in addition to the photo booth images, will be
on display inde;nitely on the new website www.wearenowbda.com,”
said Hat;eld. “Facebook ( www.fb.com/wearenow.bda) and Instagram
(@ wearenow.bda) will also feature various images and updates related
to the project and explain any future plans for the piece.”
“The intention of this piece is to use the collected imagery to foster a connection between each and every person who inhabits Bermuda,
illustrating that each of us is now and we are all part of our community,” said Stratton Hatfield of the WE ARE NOW project.