Dustin Grella is an artist who has taken on a new project which he calls “Animation Hotline.” He has opened up a phone line and invited people to call to leave a “short story, poem, secret, passion, life lesson, experience, experiment, list, rant, opinion, news item or basically anything–as long as it is a minute or less.”
His animation above, the most recent of his works, fluidly embodies the words of the storyteller, Thatcher Keats, by combining old photographs with new drawings. The result is a buoyant mixed-media animation about New York and bike share.
Grella’s participation within the Citi Bike will be very limited however. “I feel as if New York is such an insane city and at the same time so magical and so difficult. Of course, it’s hard to get around the city. It’s challenging for everyone–but especially so for me, because I’ve been using a manual wheelchair for the past 18 years. It would be nice if city officials gave more thought to the disabled when they made decisions about transportation,” writes Grella.
“But even though I won’t be able to use the new bike-share program, I’m impressed with New York City’s ability to transform itself into a more bike-friendly environment.”