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The Monolith is a free-standing, interactive exhibit featured in ArtPrize 2018. Because the surface of The Monolith is heat-reactive, viewers can interact with it by placing their hands on its surface to reveal hidden imagery. The Monolith is approximately 7 feet high by 4 feet wide and 1 foot thick, not including its supportive base. It was constructed with wood framing, followed by application of its image content and multiple layers of automotive-grade base color and clear-coat media, with additives that create the heat-reactive surface. The images beneath The Monolith’s surface address issues relating to world cultural, political and social issues. The Monolith was developed for interaction by viewers at a range of ages and sensitivities to imagery, and the exhibit features a balance of uplifting and disturbing imagery. Young or sensitive viewers should restrict themselves to image content on the lower half of the exhibit, as they may find images on the top half of the exhibit disturbing. Parental and viewer discretion is advised. The purpose of The Monolith is to engage viewers’ senses of curiosity and uncertainty in exploring what lies beneath its surface. Just as we each wait to learn what a new day holds, those who interact with The Monolith are challenged to discover and interpret for themselves the images of our world that it presents.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 1'
  • Medium: wood, paint
  • Width: 4'
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 7'