Australian city to give out hundreds of free pairs of Nike Air Max sneakers for art project 4 years ago

Australian city to give out hundreds of free pairs of Nike Air Max sneakers for art project

This is the type of art we could get on board with.

Residents of Perth could soon find themselves in possession of a brand new pair of Nike Air Max sneakers as part of an art project taking place in the Australian city over the next two weeks.

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According to WA Today, Perth City Council will distribute 100 pairs of the popular brand of sneakers to Perth residents as part of a project - which is the brainchild of artist David Atwood - for a public art programme called TRANSART 2016.

There is a catch, however, as the lucky few who do receive the new trainers will have to exchange the shoes they are wearing on their own feet, which will subsequently be used in a public exhibition as well as in a photo documentation of the project.

From this Thursday, October 12 until October 23, “undercover ushers” wearing pairs of Nike Air Max 90 trainers will wander around urban areas of Perth and people who spot them can approach them and ask to exchange their own shoes for the new Nike kicks.

Each day, locations will be posted by the City of Perth Twitter account alongside the #doitforfree hashtag and members of the public who approach the ushers will be taken to a secret location to make the exchange.

All of the collected trainers will eventually be donated to charity.

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"Participating recipients must exchange the shoes they are wearing for their new Air Max sneakers, and must leave the exchange location wearing their new kicks," reads the terms and conditions on the City of Perth website.

City of Perth mayor Lisa Scaffidi says TRANSART is one of a number of temporary public art projects aims at enhancing the cultural experience in the city.

"We hope Do It For Free will entice people to rediscover and interact with the people and places in the city," she said.

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