The Minneapolis-based street artist HOTTEA recently visited New York and put up numerous of his signature, letter-based, yarn pieces on fences throughout the city. But the highlight of this visit was without a doubt this rainbow-hued yarn installation, titled Rituals, strung above the pedestrian walkway of the Williamsburg Bridge. While the piece had already started fraying by the time I got to it, it’s impact was nevertheless very much intact: everyone I encountered on the walkway was entranced. I was impressed by how such a beautifully simple installation could transform the mundane into magic. Bravo!
Minneapolis artist/designer Hot Tea recently came through New York, leaving behind a string of yarn art pieces that cleverly make use of the structure of the standard chain-link fence to create seemingly three-dimensional letters.
The artist explained the origin and significance of Hot Tea on Vimeo:
“The two words hot and tea or more specifically the phrase “HOT TEA” was chosen to highlight the relationship between the two words. We so often over look the meaning behind what we say and how special some of these words and phrases really are.
These two words compliment each other both physically and grammatically. Without one or the other you wouldn’t have a phrase that evokes a sense of comfort, warmth and relaxation. In a physical sense without hot water all you have is tea, and without tea all you have is water, but when both put together you have “HOT TEA”. Hot tea is greater than the sum of its parts.
This idea was the basis for the HOT TEA project. There will always be a relationship between things and that interconnection we have with everything around us is the backbone for how HOT TEA navigates. The project is a comment on all relationships good and bad and the things that lie between them. Like the phrase itself Hot and Tea are two totally different words brought together to represent something new, which reflect on the media and surfaces that the project makes use of.”