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“At some point you have to decide to take a chance on who you are and what touches your heart.” (Joshua Allen Harris)

If a picture is worth a thousand words then the videos below speak volumes about New York City street artist Joshua Allen Harris. The clips capture his work — and his spirit. They will also capture your heart.

In the first, his ‘inflatable sculptures’ – made out of trash bags – are used in a public service announcement to dramatize the fight against global warming. The others I’ve simply posted knowing you’ll want more. (and here’s a link for even more!)

His art is brought to life by air from a passing subway. While most artists paint themselves as creative, few are so original.


Harris’ version of the Loch Ness Monster:

The Interview — ‘Give-A-Listen’ (11:35):

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joshI couldn’t wait to talk to Joshua Allen Harris. I couldn’t wait to find out what kind of a person could transform trash and the hot dirty air from a NYC subway into playful creatures that struggle to stand, then dance, then die — but not before we fall in love with them.

What kind of an artist would leave his work to be stepped on by strangers or swept up by street cleaners?

What must it feel like to know that something born of your imagination makes children laugh and adults smile?

It should have been obvious to me but it wasn’t because rarely is a man’s art such a perfect reflection of his soul.

Joshua Allen Harris is tender and vulnerable. Playful and serious. Confident but humble. Much like his inflatable friends.

The success of his work is the result of the same combination of factors we hear about over and over again here on the ParmFarm.

1. The courage to overcome one’s fears. (1:23) Harris admits that at first he thought his work was ‘cheesy’ and really wasn’t sure about it.
2. The willingness to take risks. (5:25) Only because he was willing to leave his art out on the street overnight was it ‘discovered’ in such a way that created an international sensation.
3. A strong support structure. (7:10) Harris is quick to credit family, friends and teachers for their role in his success.
4. Commitment. (8:32) ‘Luck is what’s left over when you’ve worked 100%’.

The hardest part of every interview is in the editing and particularly so in this case because I just didn’t want to cut anything out. If you listen to nothing else, listen to the last 2 minutes. There is too much there to write it here.

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