Cities: Departure and Deviation

2012 ArtPrize Entry
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The installation Cities: Departure and Deviation is comprised of 24 blown-glass forms based on three-dimensional rotations of statistical data for major urban centers in the United States. Each individual piece explores the specific history of its namesake city - tracking shifts in population growth and decline relative to their dependence on the expansion and contraction of local industry. The blown-glass objects, created entirely in shades of clinical white, black and gray, reference the weight and precision of hanging plumbs and the precariousness of spinning tops.In the installation they are paired with digital renderings, which originally served as working plans for the glass pieces. They provide a timeline defining connections and drawing comparisons amongst cities.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: variable
  • Medium: blown glass and vinyl cut drawings
  • Width: variable
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: variable

Venue & Connection Information

Installation requires a minimum of a 40' wall. Glass pieces hang from the ceiling and approx 4' form the wall. Vinyl cut drawings affix directly to the wall. Largest 3D population graph is 18."

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: Yes
  • Outdoor Space needed: No
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: No

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