Select Installations and Public Art
To-Do, Spruill Gallery, Atlanta
Though often necessary, the errands and duties that fill our days often supplant the larger purposes of our lives. I collected over 3,000 to do lists from 250 strangers, acquaintances and friends and covered the gallery walls with this blizzard of paper. To-Do was a physical representation of how people spend their time and asked the question, do these tasks serve our true selves? What is achieved and what is lost when so much of our time is spent getting through the day instead of pursuing the activities that make us feel alive? Walking through the rooms filled with lists was a visceral experience that manifested this fundamental dilemma of life: how to survive and how to achieve our goals and desires. Though perhaps the question posed by To-Do is unanswerable, considering the ramifications of our attempts to answer it, could open the door for individual solutions.
The Enchanted Forest of Books, Atlanta Beltline
The Enchanted Forest of Books was an installation on the Kirkwood Trail of the Atlanta Beltline that turned the path into an outdoor library filled with sculptures made from discarded library books and reading lists hung in the trees. Each bottle held a book suggestion drawn from the English Canon, alternative works and international novels. The bottles also contained paper and a pencil, so visitors could take the suggestion and leave one of their own. This unusual outdoor library was in a remote area, surprising visitors as they turned off the main trail. Nature and literature have long been intertwined as sources of knowledge and inspiration.
Kaleidoscope, Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority subway car
Kaleidoscope was a public art installation that transformed an Atlanta subway car into a moving gallery during the annual Atlanta Celebrates Photography festival. I photographed Atlanta landmarks and signature events and then turned these straightforward images into kaleidoscope patterns that were printed on adhesive material and attached to the floors, walls and ceilings of a Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) subway car. Passengers were also given toy kaleidoscopes so they could look at the passing city and imagine a transformation of the landscape. Kaleidoscope played on the relationship between transportation systems and efforts to envision a more livable city.
Installation View, Kaleidoscope, Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority subway car