Paul Ramírez Jonas
Artist in the Public Realm

Public Trust (Cleveland), 2020



   MATERIALS: A 16 foot marquee, sacred and civic texts, oaths, 950 promises from private individuals, 84 promises from public figures, graphite, and paper.

    How serious are the promises we make to one another, the vows we take, or the pledges made by our civic leaders? Fe Publica asked participants to examine the value of their word. Participants declared a promise that was recorded in a drawing they could keep. They were also asked to give their word in a way that is consistent with their beliefs, such as swearing on a sacred text. That promise was then published on a 16’x16’ marquee board and seen in context with promises made by politicians, scientists, economists, and weather forecasters, all chosen daily from headline news. Staff at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland helped facilitate the process.