in the sugar house district of salt lake city, real estate development stirred up issues of space, control, change and ownership, illuminating how these concepts take form in public vs. private spheres.
in response — and thanks to a commission from brolly arts and trasa urban arts collective — i fenced off my own section of public sidewalk on the corner of 1100 east and 2100 south to mimic the adjacent construction fence, but within a welcoming context of community and creativity.
this piece would not have been possible without the “human knitting machine.” on september 18, 2008, over 40 people — adults and youth — came together to create the substructure for this sculpture. the process brought to life numerous metaphors about community, interconnectedness, strength, and effectiveness in numbers.
a heartfelt thank you goes out to all who offered their time and energy to this project. special thanks to kristina robb, amy macdonald, sara and zach moses, the kids and faculty at slc’s city academy, james stoddard and anikó sáfrán, travis dinsmore, and kimberly paulus.
various materials including wool, cotton, acrylic, nylon and steel
36’ x 6’