California Tower---Riverside, California
The Riverside Arts Foundation
This installation incorporates the quotations of local children—their ideas of what government is -child-like beliefs inscribed on ephemeral acrylic panels which literally support a massive I-beam overhead. This metaphoric structure, with individual suspended letters forming clues -Regime, Authority, Legality, Protector, Order- suggests an industrial process, symbolizing government as a system.
The intended audience is the general public, people who interact personally with government out of necessity. It implies a questioning of government, along with a great deal of amazement that this ponderous system manages to levitate, held aloft by our fragile beliefs.
Its power flows from the authorial voice of the children—inscribed in the public arena-expressing wisdom, skepticism, and fears. It will be intriguing for the children, as they age, to consider their former selves, their words memorialized for the ages.