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River Tattoo, 2014, adhesive vinyl on glass, 8’ x 85’ overall dimensions. River Tattoo celebrates the Grand River and the Blue Bridge spanning it. It is made from thousands of pieces of adhesive vinyl applied directly to the glass. The vinyl shapes are based on ink drawings of animal-like forms, collages made from adhesive shelf paper, and photographs of ordinary houseplants, digitally hybridized, mirrored, and multiplied. The river flows through it in a pattern of rhythmic lines rising and falling around the bend in the building, with the bridge reflected in them. The mural’s clouds, its flora, its teeming bestiary of creatures both sinister and benign seem to inhabit the world reflected in the glass, suggesting that the space around us is full of possibilities we have not yet begun to imagine.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: adhesive vinyl on window glass
  • Width: 195 inches
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: 95 inches