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Happy Gift

FriendsWithYou (FWY) is the Los Angeles-based artist team of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. Since 2002, they have created works in a variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture, large-scale experiential installations, public playgrounds, published works, and live performances. Describing their work as “redesigning spirituality for modern times", their mission is to affect world culture by cultivating special moments of spiritual awareness and powerful, joyous interaction.

 

Happy Gift, a 30 foot diameter interactive inflatable, was originally commissioned by the Hyundai Family of South Korea and publicly exhibited in May 2013 at the Hyundai Department Gardens in Seoul, South Korea.

 

Happy Gift is making its US debut in Scottsdale at Scottsdale Arts Festival and Canal Convergence | Spring Equinox along with Mushroom Bounce House, making its debut in the southwest US after being previously exhibited as part of Rainbow City in 2010 at Toronto’s Luminato Arts Festival and Art Basel Miami followed by an appearance in 2011 at New York City’s High Line Park.

 

Designed to envelope and transport participants of all ages, Happy Gift and Mushroom Bounce House offer a kaleidoscopic look into a color-filled world for an impactful and bright experience. Simply through the act of play, FWY hope to evoke a connectivity that will enlighten all visitors. Happy Gift and Mushroom Bounce House are places where all the colors of the rainbow come together to give you the power to play. Bounce, run, and explore in this world filled with happy characters, color, magic, and new friends. 

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