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The Museum 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" this museum!
Rendering by Dave Pinter

Installation Photographs by Morris Brum

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 begins.

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.