“A person coming in with whatever situation they find it, young, old or indifferent, the minute they have any thoughts about themselves going FROM HERE TO THERE, will be able to stand still and realize they first have to imagine themselves doing it, that's assuming a position.”
About the project
OUT OF SIGHT is an interactive, generic 'sculpture' by internationally recognized American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner.
Adaptable to the ground—indoor or outdoor—this two- dimensional, site-specific work offers participating museums, civic and public venues an opportunity to temporarily (or permanently) install a work of art that forges an engaging connection with audiences from all walks of life including adults, teenagers and children.
With the OUT OF SIGHT project, Weiner’s signature text-based work has shifted off the wall and onto the floor, creating a pathway to be viewed and navigated, both physically and intellectually.
OUT OF SIGHT is not only a work of art but also acts as a metaphorical framework for the journey of self-discovery and empowerment, enlivening the experience of each person who encounters it.
OUT OF SIGHT is an artwork that celebrates the potential within all of us to connect with ourselves and with each other in a process of shared exploration.
OUT OF SIGHT is about visualizing what can be.
“The shape of OUT OF SIGHT and how it travels makes it readable and appear as a journey, which for me kind of connects the phrases and makes their meaning clearer. Making a choice, taking a chance, the unknown."
Here To There
The OUT OF SIGHT project includes the HERE TO THERE (2017) publication by Lawrence Weiner. HERE TO THERE is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch and French.
OUT OF SIGHT has been installed in Miami, Melbourne, Belgium, East Hampton, Chicago and Singapore (with additional cities currently in development). Currently, OUT OF SIGHT is on view across the city of San Francisco. Click through the gallery below to view images of these indoor and outdoor exhibitions around the globe.
OUT OF SIGHT has been installed in Miami, Melbourne, Belgium, East Hampton, Chicago and Singapore (with additional cities currently in development). Currently, OUT OF SIGHT is on view across the city of San Francisco. Click through the gallery below to play videos of these indoor and outdoor exhibitions around the globe.
Hear Adele Tan, Senior Curator at National Gallery Singapore, give a quick introduction to Lawrence Weiner, what we usually mean by ‘conceptual art’, and why OUT OF SIGHT is a true example of art for everyone.
Kate Ryan, Curator of Children's Programs at The National Gallery of Victoria discusses how OUT OF SIGHT, a participatory hopscotch-inspired artwork aims to inspire Melbourne's youth and teens.
Teens from the NGV respond to the OUT OF SIGHT journey by reflecting on who they are, who they want to be – and how they aim to get there.
“I think OUT OF SIGHT is extremely relatable for teenagers and what people our age are thinking about: school, family, life choices. It’s kind of reassuring. It’s encouraging if you start at OUT OF SIGHT."
“I take it as a pathway. The beginning to me is the ‘assuming a position’ and the end is ‘out of sight.’‘Out of Sight’ is in the distance, in the future and not yet visible. For me, it works like a path and reminds me of my school pathway. I am hoping for the best in school, planning senior year subjects to set me up for what I want to pursue.”
Laura Age 15
“I understood the piece to be a moving forward work inspiring integrity, determination, and inspiration. To me, it’s a path. Door to door, beginning to end; it’s a metaphor for life. I think it’s relating to a just- graduated student. It makes me think of forward thinking and high hopes.”
Zoe Age 15
“A very interactive approach to engaging teens. All the sentences connect to me and I really like its use of words. It makes sense to me as these are sentences I’ve heard often and feel a connection to."
Charlotte Age 14
“The text could mean different things depending on one’s thoughts on life. ‘Spit into the wind’ could mean exactly what it states but personally I think it could mean let the wind carry away the bad part. The message is very different from other inspirational quotes. Forget about the past if it’s not relevant to the present.”
Anna Age 15
“I think it’s kind of relatable for teenagers and what people our age are thinking about: school, family, life choices. It’s kind of reassuring. It’s encouraging if you start at out of sight- it’s like a journey through life but it’s hard to understand.”
Mia Age 14
“My experience with OUT OF SIGHT was inspirational, thought-provoking, and even felt spiritual.”
Miguel Age 17
“I thought it was about life and travel. Changing who you are for the best and putting yourself out there. A pathway through childhood to becoming an adult.”
Annabelle Age 14
“I think the final square of the Marelle should just be blank, because that would better illustrate the idea Out of Sight, something that’s literally ‘out of sight.”
John Age 11
“After reading the text I think more about life and how it evolves.”
Marcel Age 15
“Our guide was Ms. Lorie. She showed us a lot in the museum. Like the scribble scrabble in black, the colorful art on the floor and the form into action. She helped us do an activity. My slogan was hope for the best."
Marc Age 9
"We went on a field trip to the Perez Art Museum in downtown Miami (PAMM). We traveled by bus. It was my second time there ... we wrote slogans. I wrote "Never Give Up". It was really fun ... I saw/played hopscotch because our art guide Lorie told us we can play hopscotch. It was really fun."
Aiden Age 7
“The name of the art guide my group had was Ms. Laura. She showed us the art on the floor and how each word it said meant something you need in life. It was like a puzzle.”
Nicholas Age 8
“We wrote sayings. My saying said “You are the only you”. It was fun when we all hop-scotched over the art on the floor and out of the museum."
Delilah Age 9
“We could stand on the art that was on the floor...We made something. I wrote ‘Believe in Yourself."
Mariana Age 8
“The shape of the artwork and how it travels makes it readable and appear as a journey, which for me kind of connects the phrases and makes their meaning clearer. Making a choice, taking a chance, the unknown. For me I relate this to making choices about my future, school, relationships, etc. especially choosing school subjects for school and the fear of making large life choices.”
Olivia Age 14
“I like how the text follows a story and the design react to the writing gives the text either more power or less. When I read the text I think about my future of schooling and what I will be doing later in my life. (School and how I am going in blind not knowing what to expect). Also my family and I change as I get older.”
Mason Age 15
“I loved all the art. The art was beautiful. I liked doing the special activity. Mine said, ‘Be The Best You Can Be! To Ms Lories group made a big exit walking on the painting on the floor. We had to say what it meant. Then we hoped scotched to lunch."
Lauren Age 8
“The text seems like it is talking about a narrative or poem, saying that the future is not bright or maybe clear, but no matter how, there will always be a way through the situation. The story for me is about school and life, about what life will be like later on.”
Renzo Age 15
“We saw floor Art. I saw a lot. It was in Spanish and English.”
Olivia Age 8
"For those who don't enjoy drawing/ writing, the hands-on (hopscotch and outside) are great! All students have a chance to see same areas (paper building)."
Marie Educator, PAMM
“My experience with OUT OF SIGHT was inspirational, thought-provoking, and even felt spiritual.”
Brendan Age 15
“I think the final square of the marelle should just be blank, because that would better illustrate the idea Out of Sight, something that’s literally ‘out of sight.”
Timothy Age 15
"This is cool because it shows you that art can be more than what you think art can be. It makes you think and decide what you want to do."
Erica Age 10
"It taught me to persevere even if bad things happen."
Tom Age 13
“I realized that I should take more risks because it might turn out good.”
Caroline Age 10
“I think OUT OF SIGHT is empowering”
Sam Age 12
"A truly captivating experience"
Chrystal Age 10
"I liked how open the facilitators were to different interpretations of the art.”
Mollie Age 15
“We were fascinated by the subtle differences between the different languages.”
Harry Age 11
“Altered to Suit is about visualization of how you can change yourself.”
Dominique Age 15
"Spit into the Wind is about not knowing but trying and maybe it turning out ok."
Hannah Age 13
“Art can be anything!”
James Age 10
“This project OUT OF SIGHT seems to be about redemption.”
Jason Age 15
"This is awesome! I like spit into the wind!"
Alex Age 11
"I like how the words are specific but not too specific."
Ben Age 12
“My experience jumping across OUT OF SIGHT was captivating!”
Leon Age 16
"This was different and makes you think twice about the double meanings of words and phrases you think you are familiar with."
Joe Age 11
“It was educational for my kids, perfect timing before school starts.”
Andrea Educator, PAMM
"Great thinking game"
Garry Age 12
"I like the game with the art piece because it helps you figure out what you are going to be."
Stanley Age 10
"I learned the importance of creative thinking that could help me through hard times in my life."
Lily Age 15
"It's a wonderful way to show people the road to getting their goals."
Darren Age 15
"That's great! Thanks for making that game. It really helped me understand the artwork more."
Beth Age 13
"We’re thrilled to be one of the first museums in the world to stage Lawrence Weiner’s newest work OUT OF SIGHT, which will also be presented in cities including New York, Houston, Chicago and Shanghai. Using Weiner’s characteristic text-based approach, OUT OF SIGHT will explore the concept of uncertain futures with visitors encountering a number of different phrases and ideas as they move along the hopscotch."
Tony Ellwood Director, NGV
“Lawrence’s creation physicalizes positive thinking,” “This artwork connects visitors through a process of shared discovery and echoes themes of joy and personal focus, celebrating the potential within all of us.”
Tobias Ostrander Chief Curator, PAMM
"I am thrilled that PAMM is the first venue to present Lawrence Weiner’s OUT OF SIGHT as part of this global project that will launch at multiple cities worldwide. OUT OF SIGHT inspires audiences from all walks of life to consider visualization, awareness and realizing life goals as part of this unique work of art."
Larry Warsh Guest Curator and Collaborator
“The Chicago Park District is proud to host ‘OUT OF SIGHT,’ a creative work that combines art and recreation as well as provides a welcoming and safe opportunity for individuals of all ages to play, learn, contemplate and become inspired at a neighborhood park.”
Michael P. Kelly. Chicago Park District &; CEO
“Can you imagine if we all learned how to catch the feelings of inspiration, exuberance, and visualization and made that part of our daily lives? Wow, that would be amazing.”
Larry Warsh Guest curator and Collaborator
“It's a privilege to be part of such a meaningful and inspiring project. I really admire you for your dedication to Lawrences work and ensuring it fulfills the intentions.”
Kate Ryan Curator, NGV
“The text seems like it is talking about a narrative or poem, saying that the future is not bright or maybe clear, but no matter how, there will always be a way through the situation. The story for me is about life, about what life will be like later on.”
OUT OF SIGHT has been installed in Miami, Melbourne, Belgium, East Hampton, Chicago and Singapore (with additional cities currently in development). Currently, OUT OF SIGHT is on view across the city of San Francisco. Click through the list below to learn more about these indoor and outdoor exhibitions around the globe.
Lawrence Weiner's personal statement about his life and work states: Lawrence Weiner attended the New York public school system. The late 1950s and early 60s were spent traveling throughout North America (USA - Mexico and Canada). The first presentation of the work was in Mill Valley California in 1960.
Weiner divides his time between his studio in New York City and his boat in Amsterdam. He participates in public and private projects and exhibitions in the new and the old world maintaining that:
Art is the empirical fact of the relationships of objects to objects in relation to human beings & not dependent upon historical precedent for either use or legitimacy.
“Lawrence’s creation physicalizes positive thinking. This artwork connects visitors through a process of shared discovery and echoes themes of joy and personal focus, celebrating the potential within all of us.”
Thank you for your interest in the OUT OF SIGHT project. It is our goal to bring OUT OF SIGHT to museums, parks, cultural centers, public spaces and non-traditional venues around the world.
OUT OF SIGHT has been exhibited at notable international museums and venues including the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Melbourne, Australia, city-wide ‘PLAY’ exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium, LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, NY, The National Gallery of Singapore, and throughout several major parks around Chicago, USA, including Maggie Daley Park and Walsh Park.
OUT OF SIGHT is currently on view at several noteworthy locations in San Francisco, CA including Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, The Exploratorium, and McEvoy Foundation For The Arts.