A Color Removed (collection bins)

Amir Berbic

Collection depositories, installation view. Photo by Field Studio.
Collection depositories, diagram.

Collection bins designed by Amir Berbić as part of A Color Removed, a participatory art project grounded in the impossible gesture of removing the color orange from Cleveland. The project by artist Michael Rakowitz in response to the shooting of Tamir Rice by Cleveland police asks the question: Can you remove a color—and a symbol of safety—from an entire city? 

The bins were installed throughout Cleveland with an open call for contributions of orange objects. Clothing, toys, sports equipment, household items, etc. were catalogued and displayed at SPACES from July 14 to September 30, 2018, as part of FRONT International, Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.

Language identifying and describing the project interfaces with the surface of depositories as architectural structures. Typographic elements that form A Color Removed interact with the opening and closing of the bins’ chute. The act of depositing objects thereby symbolically “erases” the color orange from the city of Cleveland. 

Michael Rakowitz, A Color Removed, 2018. Installation view at SPACES, FRONT International, Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art: July 14–September 30, 2018. Courtesy of the artist; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Jane Lombard Gallery, New York City; Galerie Barbara Wien, Berlin; The Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University, The Tamir Rice Foundation, and SPACES, Cleveland. Photography by Field Studio. 

Michael Rakowitz
Executive director of SPACES
Christina Vassallo
Amir Berbić
Design Assistant
Andreina Yepez
Production Coordinator
Karl Anderson
Jeremy Bendik-Keymer
Bruce Edwards
Field Studio