Apart / A Part, 2008
Stainless steel, 8 x 35 x 1′, Commissioned by the City of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority 1% For Art Program
This site-specific work for an existing, residential building in the high profile Philadelphia Society Hill neighborhood is located opposite an elementary school with a widely diverse student population.
“On an afternoon site visit, I saw parents and grandparents sitting on the wall and in their cars waiting for school dismissal. It was instantly clear that the project wanted to address the ‘idea’ of the ‘city’ — of belonging to and, yet, being separate from all the great variety of ethnic and neighborhood and associations of the city.”
The poems are reflections on the state of living together in one city. The languages of the titles were chosen for their relevance to this neighborhood, the owner of the building, and to the City of Philadelphia as a whole.
Spanish – Italian
Russian – Chinese
Vietnamese – Swahili
Hebrew – Arabic
A Part and Apart
One Person, One House, One Block
So Many People
So Much to learn
So Much to Unlearn
6,000 Million People
Connected / Separate.
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