At 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 17th, the final promise of Public Trust’s journey through Greater Boston was slowly written, one letter at a time, on the marque in Copley Square. That promise, “I promise to show up,” echoed the first one posted in Dudley 21 days earlier, “I will be a better citizen.”
The vestiges of Public Trust are all around us, and we are just beginning to uncover the impact of this powerful project about the value of our words.
Public Trust, a free interactive artwork by Brooklyn artist Paul Ramirez Jonas, asked us to consider the meaning of a promise during a time when words matter. From August 27–September 17, Ramirez Jonas and a team of artist ambassadors went to three Greater Boston locations – Dudley, Kendall and Copley – and collected promises from 956 Bostonians.
Regardless of age, status, or race, Greater Boston residents and tourists alike added to the Public Trust marquee of constantly changing pledges – yours, mine, scientists’, and those of our presidential candidates. Together, we created a piece of art about promises, those contracts we with make with each other and with ourselves, and the potent speech acts that keep a society together.
Public Trust was generously supported by the Lewis Family Foundation, which believes that our communities grow stronger through artistic expression, and the generous contributions of individuals like you.
Watch the Public Trust mini-documentary by RAVA Films: