Kai & Sunny Pick the Right Words for Obama and Smithsonian
The 2016 election didn't just determine who our President is today but also ushered in a new political era that is a marked difference from the one before. Barack Obama vacated the presidency at noon on January 20th, bringing with him his set of tastes and behaviors that are very different from the new administration. Obama was known for being a unique orator and scholar and any telling of his story without those pieces is to tell an incomplete story. The Smithsonian, an American institution charged with preserving the cultural history of our republic, has created a new special for their television network about the Obama years and invited British artistic duo Kai & Sunny to help them visualize Obama in that context.
The special is called ‘The Obama Years: The Power of Words,’ so it stands to reason that words would be a major part of the imagery behind it. In fact, words are all of it. Kai & Sunny used a cloud of words to create an actual portrait of Obama, giving the tag line for the feature “a figure of speech” that much more meaning. The words are different sizes to give different depth and weight to different parts of the photos, offering detail to lines and color shifts, but the bigger words that can be read off the top are words like “dream,” “Grace,” “Greatness,” destiny,” and “faith in America.” It’s a remarkable image with a remarkable message.
The Obama Years: The Power of Words is scheduled to air at the end of February and again in March. Click here for a full schedule and to see Kai & Sunny’s work live.