God Bless America

Darryl Lauster's avatar Darryl Lauster

My site-specific installation isolates the repetitive recordings of numerous politicians vocalizing the phrase “God bless America” in a large dark space illuminated by a reflecting mirror ball. My soundtrack includes the voices of 37 politicians from all political parties. Beyond its intent to reinforce policy with Christian ethics, the phrase has also become a de-facto reference to American exceptionalism. It is my hope that the piece will create a conversation based on the powerful yet conflicting nature of the American relationship between religion and government, as well dissect public conceptions of leadership, nationalism and collective progress through the presentation of a majestic yet melancholy environment.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: defined by space
  • Medium: sound, lighting
  • Width: defined by space
  • Year created: 2014
  • Height: defined by space