Public Art - Steed Taylor

Studio in the Park PressInstallation Map 

If roads are considered the skin of a community, then a road is to the public body what skin is to the private body. If people mark their skin as a means of commemoration communication or ritual then a road can be marked for the same reasons. Placed at locations of community significance road tattoos are composed of cultural designs previously appropriated to mark skin. This road tattoo is a tribute to bicycle messengers in New York City. With an abundance of tunnels and bridges entrances and exits bad traffic and bad drivers this is a tough place to be a bicycle messenger. Stories of famous messengers as heroes have filled history books and literature. Based on Celtic knotwork Messenger is located on a peaceful road free of city traffic.