Ascension

Tina Ripley's avatar Tina Ripley

Ascension: the act of rising to a higher level or an important position. “Ascension” brings awareness to current widespread vacancy problems and our society's wasteful and excessive "throw-away" lifestyle. “Ascension” is created using reclaimed doors from demolished houses. These doors literally rise up out of the ground towards the sky, elevating garbage to the level of art. With it's inception (Rooms to Let 2015, Cleveland, Ohio), “Ascension” was called trash and I was forced to uninstall it prematurely. Now it has ascended from being censored trash to participating in an international art competition, ArtPrize 2016. Through their reverential placement in “Ascension”, the doors, common symbols of home, ascend to a representation of a universal entrance, the threshold to a sacred place, where memories are created. The doors in “Ascension” rise towards the heavens bringing to mind the Ascension of Christ. “Ascension” begins on the street level of Monroe Ave NW directly across from Devos Place. It climbs vertically 16 feet and pierces through the stone wall. It then travels 112 feet 3 inches underground and shoots up 10 feet out of the earth in the plaza above. Ten percent of any prize money won will be donated to local charities.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 8 feet
  • Medium: discarded doors from vacant houses
  • Width: 5 feet
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 10 feet