Belmont High School---Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
Located at an inner city high school within a predominately Latino, immigrant community, this public art program is comprised of figurative silhouettes and pedestals that could become public soapboxes. Inscribed on alternate sides en Espa–ol---English, the aspirations and fears of students facing toward the school---the educational imperatives of their teachers facing outward toward the community, they were likely to become lightening rods for the indigenous language of graffiti. Like chess pieces, they were periodically re-deployed on campus, to mark shifting lines of demarcation in the ongoing cultural wars.
Constructed of aluminum profiles and underlying structure to support concrete counterweights, with text cast into the surfaces.