“Happiness Here” is an interactive street art project started by the artist The Mazeking in 2012. Since, millions of people around the world have come in contact with the temporal art. In 2013 and 2014 the artist took “Happiness Here” global, placing installations in Los Angeles, Jersey City, Baltimore, Chicago and Paris, France. Peoples interactions are as varied as the work’s appearance, doing everything from standing in the work, to taking photographs, reading, dancing or even laying in the space.
To date over 198 Happiness Here installations have been placed throughout the world, 180 in New York City alone, creating a maze through the city. In recent months the artwork has been featured by several news media including, Oprah, The Huffington Post, American Public Media and NPR among others.
The artist’s interest in creating something both interactive and thought provoking often creates a conversation in the viewer about the very idea and state of happiness. In creating these temporal works he is transforming the public space, turning it into a social-space where anyone can partake. His inquiry offers us a moment to explore our very perception and expectation of social interaction and art’s role in daily life.