Social Basket Case

An experiment in emergent, participatory public art

"Social Basket Case" is a "social sculpture" which serves as an experimental, participatory public art sculpture. Resembling a giant, colorful basket, the Social Basket Case takes shape by being woven by the public...and can be unwoven/rewoven as time goes on!

The installation has been installed as a 3-part installation series with the wonderful support of the Asian Art Museum and their Village Artist Corner artist residency program.


The ways in which this sculpture is woven by the public reflect on how we as individuals deal with life's ups and downs. The giant "basket" is made of eight sections, each section having unique (and some profound) questions that various passersby may answer on their own by taking an unwoven strand of the basket and weaving it to their answer to the question. 

Yes, no, or maybe? 

How one answers helps weave the basket.

As time goes by, answers and stories get woven and the emergent weaving of the basket reveals how people answer some questions the same (or not) and help visualize how we are not all alone in some challenges we face regarding our hopes, dreams, fears, and goals.