International and Interactive Original Work of Art to Make its United States Debut in Boca Raton October 1 - November 30 - WMBB News 13 - The Panhandle's News Leader

International and Interactive Original Work of Art to Make its United States Debut in Boca Raton October 1 - November 30

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SOURCE The City of Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, Fla., June 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Boca Raton welcomes all to play, interact and imagine at Sanborn Square, 72 North Federal Highway, from October 1 through November 30, when the city hosts the United States debut of internationally acclaimed work of art imag_ne by artist Emma Anna

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Measuring more than 13.7 feet wide; close to 3 feet high; almost 1.5 feet deep and weighing 550 total pounds, imag_ne is composed of large wordplay letters that spell out the word "imagine," although the second "i" of the word is missing.  This absence operates as a blank canvas, inviting the audience to physically engage with the work in order to complete the word. 

"We are honored to be the first in the country to host this remarkable and inviting piece of art," said Mayor Susan Haynie.  "We anticipate that our residents, as well as visitors, will take great joy in having the opportunity to 'wordplay' using their own imaginations.  The City of Boca Raton will be planning exciting events surrounding imag_ne's stay."

imag_ne debuted as part of Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, Australia in late 2008 where it was awarded the SXS/Art Gallery of NSW Site Specific Prize.  The work was then exhibited as part of Sculpture by the Cottesloe in March 2009 and part of the Streets of Melbourne Festival at Federation Square in Melbourne in January 2009.

Inspired in part by the Albert Einstein quote, "Imagination is more important than knowledge ... knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world," artist Emma Anna hopes to continue her world-wide tour of imag_ne.

A native of Sydney, Australia, Emma Anna is a visual artist and creative producer whose work draws upon a diverse range of professional and personal experience.  She completed her Masters of Art (Art in Public Space) at RMIT University in 2009.  Her MA project, imag_ne was originally exhibited as part of Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi in 2008.  Invitations to exhibit imag_ne nationally in Australia and internationally as part of the inaugural Scultpure by the Sea, Aarthus, Denmark, have greatly expanded the audience for this work.

For more information, visit www.myboca.us or call 561.393.7995.

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