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Emoh: sculpture / time capsule & temporary home

Loren Naji's avatar Loren Naji
    2016 2nd place

While building cities, houses & furniture we use resources, destroying the Earth, our home. Cities, full of homeless people, are riddled with vacant homes headed for landfills. Emoh (Home spelled backwards) represents our backwards process regarding homelessness, vacancy & the environment. This spherical sculpture alludes to living spaces and the Earth. Using debris from abandoned Michigan and Ohio homes, Emoh is covered with panels resembling yards, houses, roads & cities. All colors are original from the found debris. No new paint was applied to this sculpture. Some artists who I am influenced by are Robert Rauchenberg, Louise Nevelson, Lee Bontecou and Richard Diebenkorn. During ArtPrize I will LIVE, sleep & eat in my 8-ft. diameter orb. My self-imposed housing confronts homelessness, vacancy and our backwards system. Audio in the sculpture will emit sounds of family activities, housing demolition & news snippets on vacancy & environmental issues. . Emoh is also a time capsule, on a multi-city tour ending with Grand Rapids' ArtPrize. At each stop I will greet visitors from inside Emoh as they contribute discarded items & letters. In addition to living inside of Emoh, I will donate $20,000 to homeless charities in Michigan and Detroit if I win ArtPrize! I want to help life on our planet. Emoh will be opened 10 years later on Earth Day in Grand Rapids. #ArtPrizeEmoh

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 8 feet
  • Medium: Garbage from abandoned houses.
  • Width: 8 feet
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 8 feet