Spellbound is a 12-ft spherical steel cage which casts mysterious beautiful shadows as it slowly revolves. This cage looks like an Earth which has fallen off its axis and is beginning to collapse into the ground. Audience members can slip between the bars of the cage and have the mesmerizing experience of standing inside.
Spellbound is designed to easily pop-up in locations, quickly assembled. Its original presentation is with a 15-ft winged heart, trapped inside. It can also be exhibited with twelve large winged hearts, which range in size from 6-9 ft.
Spellbound is a provocative metaphor for modern life. In an Earth that has fallen off its axis and is collapsing, the heart of humanity is trapped, cut off from the head which has run violently amok. Fear, brutality, and systemic injustice dominate a world ruled by hierarchy and greed. This caged winged heart symbol shocks our system to bear witness to our reality and to question the ways in which we are trapped – personally and collectively.
When I stand inside the cage, something powerful happens inside my body. I feel activated, like I’m humming. The cage is both profoundly beautiful and horrific and this is the paradox of human existence.
Spellbound is designed to offer myriad opportunities for audience engagement and specifically for different groups to explore issues of imprisonment and liberation. We are excited for local artists, writers, dancers, performers to use this cage as a springboard to explore issues of social justice and build community.