of the Self
This building is located downtown, near various museums
and galleries. Hypothetically, it could be the home of a museum
dedicated to the most important figure of our time: the self.
The entire façade, both windows and exterior walls, would
be mirrors. Mounted from the front of the building, and overhanging
the sidewalk: a large 3-D sculptural representation of the “thumbs
up” icon (the one people click when they “like"
your status). This sculpture would function as a suitable public
monument; if such monuments (honoring heroes of the Civil Rights
movement, or of the Civil War) form a kind of public inventory
of what matters to a community, then surely it is time to memorialize
abstract strangers approving the Self. You will "like"
Rendering by Dave Pinter
Installation Photographs by Morris
Dec. 18, 2010 Update:
The Hypothetical Development Organization is in receipt of the
following notice, from Co-Op Projects of New Orleans:
After over 20 years of blight, the property at 521 Saint Joseph
St. is currently in the permitting phase of development as a mixed
used space. We the developers applaud your creativity and thought-provoking
mission regarding art and unused properties in New Orleans. Unfortunately,
we cannot allow the sign to be displayed on the building, as we
would like to avoid possible public confusion once construction
We feel your ideas are interesting and hope they can make a difference
in the community. Since the website is clear that this is not
the actual proposed use of the building, we currently have no
objections to your representations shown on it and hope that it
can further your cause. We are artists ourselves and encourage
anybody viewing these ideas to get out and make a difference in
our shared landscape.