An extraordinary ribbon cutting ceremony for the Whitney Museum of American Art's groundbreaking in 2011, created by Elizabeth Streb in which Risen from the Thread LLC designed the costumes of the dancers, a custom jacket for Elizabeth and seven customized STREB shovels to commemorate the event. As part of the event Mayor Bloomberg, Adam Weinberg: curator, and other city officials were invited to "break ground".

An additional outcome of this project was participating at the STREB Action Maverick Award Benefit. The Action Maverick Award celebrates the bravery, openness and interdependence that both SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics) and STREB embody. We provided limited edition silkscreen prints using thermochromic ink, to create an interactive analogue experience. The buyers were asked to hang the prints where the sun could reach it so the heat from it would make the print "disappear" and appear again as the temperature cooled down. 

From Ideation to Execution


Quick sketch of "Breaking Ground" design for Streb's jacket.


One of two silkscreens to be used for the print. This is the smaller one that will show the base color yellow paint.  


The jacket with the over coat of thermochromatic paint.  This paint will dissapear to reveal the yellow when warm sand falls over it.


Proposed shovel design for the ceremony.  Laser cut STREB logo to be glued onto red shovel and then dipped in yellow plasticoat.