Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Aliens in Jackson Heights was a Big Success!

First, I want to say thanks very much to my donors, Participants, staffs, Queens Council on the Arts Fund, Jackson Heights Arts Festival, and New York Foundation for the Arts!

It was a big success.
Lots of pass-by people enjoyed taking photos, reading explanation of each Peekaboo-kun sculpture, enjoying being other person(in race, gender, and age), making the art certificates and taking the certificate for free with them.

I set eight of Peekaboo-kun sculptures in circle, looked like they talked each other.
This time I picked Peekaboo-kun representing different occupations and cultural diversity.
A taxi driver, a full time worker at NYPL, a gym trainer, a house wife, a part timer at a small market, a salesman,  a retired senior, a print shop owner.

Name: F. D.B.(young girl)
Original: Bangladesh,
Being: Chinese,
Words: I am old.

Name: C. D. (female)

Original: Buffalo,
Being: Mexican,
Words: strong, happy, father, secure.

What kind of the world do you see through the hole on this Peekaboo-kun? What kind of world do you want to make?

Name: D.G. (female)
Original: PuertoRico,
Being: Indian,
Words: I am an artist too! Art is beautiful. Art is happiness!

Name: L.T. (female)
Original: American & Japanese,
Being: Malaysia,
Words: I like to hug mommy.

 ”Aliens in New York” is a short-term interactive installation using a group of Peekaboo-kun sculptures. It will promote mutual understandings among people who belong to different ethnicities, religions, races, genders, and other social standings. 

Name: S.A., (female)
Original: Bulgaria,
Being: Anita from Chilly,
Words: I love to go home to clean and cook. Ohh man!

Pass-by people read the label on the each Peekaboo-kun, and put their face to the hole to watch the world.

Thanks for helping the project, Savi, Sohui, Collin, Phil, Sora, Sumika, and Zakir!


  1. I wish I could have attended it looks amazing! I've been a fan of your work ever since I read Rica 'tte Kanji and your wonderful work in Yuri Monogatari.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Drawnseeker-san! I wish you were there and took the art project,too! maybe next time?
    I am very happy that you like my Manga. Now I have been writing Manga story about an immigrant's life. Please keep in touch, and keep your eyes on my blog!
    Thank you very much!
    Rica Takashima

  3. Your new manga sounds great. I can't wait to read it!