A site-specific public work for Liberty Courtyard, located within the West Bottoms of Kansas City. Each evening residents gather to watch the translucent orange, blue, and green panels merge with the shadows of the steel frame, slowly shifting as the sun settled.
Search was a temporary, site-specific work drawn over nine months within Liberty Courtyard within the West Bottoms of Kansas City. I drew shapes and orthogonal lines with a sports line chalker filled with pigment and sand. Regular vehicular traffic, wind, and rain water washed away the ephemeral lines. The remaining marks helped define the boundaries for our site activation.
65518, addressed the polarized emotions felt by the Kansas City West Bottoms’ community towards new development approved for the neighborhood. I invited the audience to rearrange fifty-two modular, wooden forms representing each building within the district. I gave no parameters other than the West Bottoms’ street grid depicted on the floor. People eagerly stacked or destroyed model versions of the buildings they hoped to preserve. The installation’s title, 65518, follows a cipher for the word fear to examine why a community might struggle with change.