It’s truth time in Downtown West Palm Beach. Residents, businesses and visitors are invited to step inside The Truth Booth from October 13 to 15 and complete the sentence, “The truth is…” while being videotaped. The 14-foot inflatable sculpture in the shape of a cartoon speech bubble with the word “Truth” printed on the side will be at the historic Sunset Lounge on Thursday, City Hall on Friday, and the West Palm Beach GreenMarket on Saturday. The interactive experience is free and open to the public.
The Truth Booth was created by the Cause Collective, an organization of artists, designers and ethnographers working together to create large-scale public art projects. It debuted in Ireland in 2011 and has made stops all over the world, including Afghanistan and South Africa. This year, the sculpture is touring 33 U.S. cities, including West Palm Beach. The installation is being presented by the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority (DDA), West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District (A&E District), West Palm Beach Art in Public Places, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
“We’re all about transforming public spaces into sites for candor and intimacy, allowing people to speak freely without fear of judgement,” said Will Sylvester, a member of the Cause Collective who will be traveling with The Truth Booth on the 33-city tour. “As a unique and progressive city to partner with, West Palm Beach offers a fantastic location for our interactive installation. We look forward to this opportunity for the local community to share their truths.”
Participants are invited to sit inside the giant speech bubble and, in two minutes or less, complete the sentence “The truth is …” A website will host the compilation of truths gathered over the three-day visit in West Palm Beach.
“The goal of this project is to empower our residents and visitors to speak freely and to give them a unique opportunity to make their voices heard,” said Raphael Clemente, Executive Director of the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority. “Similar to The Musical Swings, we expect The Truth Booth to be a fun and interactive installation for all to stop by and enjoy.”
The Truth Booth will be in West Palm Beach starting Thursday, October. 13 from 3 – 9 p.m. at the Sunset Lounge in the city’s Northwest district located at 609 8th Street. Hank Willis Thomas, a conceptual artist working with themes of identity, history and pop culture, will hold an Art Talk on Friday, at 6 p.m. to discuss the ideas behind the creation of The Truth Booth and what frames our experience in a public space. This portion of the program is presented by the West Palm Beach Art in Public Places and the DDA with a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
On Friday, October 14 The Truth Booth will be located on the City Hall courtyard from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; and complete its tour on Saturday, October 15 at the West Palm Beach GreenMarket, located on the waterfront, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
“By presenting The Truth Booth, AiPP’s program hopes to challenge the notion of what public art is and what it can do in a public space,” stated Sybille Welter, Coordinator of the West Palm Beach Art in Public Places. “The idea behind this artwork is so powerful and we are literally asking the community to interact with the installation by stepping inside and speaking the truth.”
Be sure to follow Downtown West Palm Beach residents and visitors while they experience this project using #TruthBoothWPB