In 1933 A.T. Hibbard’s Motif No. 1 float built by members of Edward Peterson Post and the community at large made its way from Rockport, MA to the World’s Fair in Chicago. Making a stir along the way, it ultimately won “Best Float” in the American Legion Parade of Historic Floats, a triumph for Rockport.
In December 2020, we propose a Motif once again depart Rockport, MA. This time it will head to one of the largest contemporary art fairs in the nation - Art Basel Miami. From one coastal city to another, MOT1F-0 will make its way through small towns, down long highways, and past major cities and ports. It will travel a distance comparable to the original float’s journey, illuminating its way along the Atlantic Coast as a strange red beacon.
At a moment when facts are decried fake and science is dismissed, only absurdity can counter. In traffic jams, small towns, and coastal cities, MOT1F-0 will head along the Eastern Seaboard. A caravan of Rockport folks may follow. At stops along the way, and during Art Basel Miami, the public will be drawn to its glow and invited to interact with the work. Rockport’s icon will once again make its way to a national stage as MOTIF-0