The Trading Tortoise

April 25, 2012



The Trading Tortoise is a traveling art project created by Souther SalazarMonica Choy with the goal of creating a unique community experience while exploring America through objects and stories. The plan is to make a sculptural installation (in the form of a large tortoise-shaped trading post) that we can set up at different stops throughout the nation. Could this be any more adorable?!



At each stop, we’ll set up our Trading Tortoise installation and invite people to bring an object, story or creation and exchange it for something else special we’ve found or traded for along the way. We hope to connect people in different places in America in this way, through a network of traded treasures, and through a mutual love of giving and receiving in a non-monetary exchange.


Every person has a unique object or story that only they can bring to this project.  Each item we receive will be tagged with the person’s name, location, and a number and documented on our website so people can follow our trades and see where their item eventually traveled to.