SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — An interactive art installation that’s been traveling the country is now here in Spartanburg.
It’s called the Barter Boat by Radar Art and it encourages people to bring a random object and trade it with the artists for something else.
It was created by 3 former Hub-Bub “Artists in Residence”: Desiree Moore, Anna Abhau Elliott and Robin Schwartzman, who created the free “Sparkle City Mini Putt” golf course.
Objects up for grabs at the trading post range from koozies to cocktail napkins.
“I think most people have a drawer or a box in their house that has interesting things that serve no known purpose,” Abhau Ellioot says, “So the Barter Boat is one purpose you could attribute to such things… You might have a little sense of humor about being able to get a keychain and a photograph of a person you’ve never met from 1992 in front of their computer.”
As it travels across the country, it’s meant to spark conversation about the value of objects and show how one person’s junk is another person’s treasure.
“This is also an opportunity for people to share their experience and their objects with the world,” Abhau Elliott says.
The Barter Boat is at Fr8 Yard in Spartanburg through Sunday, May 5th. Hours are 4pm to 7pm on weekdays and 11am to 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, click here.
There will also be a smaller “Barter Bike” at Willy Taco in Spartanburg on Sunday, May 5th.