Outdoor Public Art - Fences

Pop Goes the Weasel, 2017
Installed at the Franconia Sculpture Park, Minnesota
Chain-link fencing, chain, steel, hardware, and paint.
Dimensions: 6ft 6in H x 12ft W x 12 ft D

A brief statement about the work:

In my artwork, I utilize recognizable and seemingly neutral commonplace objects that invite audiences to name, compare, and participate in theatrical re-arbitrations of value.  Reminiscent of a Jack-in-the-box toy, the turnstile in the center appears to be winding up the chains and thus adding tension to the fence.  The fence, in turn, attempts to fulfill its role in maintaining boundaries and restricting movement; but the impasse between fence and turnstile results in a distorted stasis that suggests the unsustainability of the tense situation.

By using chain-link fencing, the audience is placed outside this small yard and can witness the effect of the turnstile on the fence.  Can a Jack-in-the-box go backwards?  Can the box be removed? How can this tug-of-war be resolved?

Crank, crank, crank
Turn, turn, turn
Just a little more
Watch and discern.


Canopies: Groin Vaults and Chain-link Fencing, 2011
Installed at YouthBuild in Louisville, Kentucky
Galvanized steel, chain-link fencing, concrete, and hardware

Commissioned by the Louisville Visual Arts Association (LVAA) for the site of the YouthBuild program in Louisville, a new outdoor sculpture was created and installed in 2011.  This project was jointly funded by the Norton Foundation, LVAA, YouthBuild, and Hanover College.

YouthBuild is a national community development and education program that addresses issues facing low-income communities.  This permanent addition to the Louisville YouthBuild program utilizes a material known for dividing and separating: chain-link fencing.  By incorporating the chain-link into the ceilings of groin vaults, the fencing gains a new purpose by providing the structure for vertical raised gardens and shady canopies during the summer.  

Islands, Yards, Worlds, 2004
Installed at the Franconia Sculpture Park, Shafer, Minnesota
Wood, concrete, paint, plastic, and audio

Designed in response to the game of tennis and the beginning of the war in Iraq, this sculpture focuses on the boundaries and divisions between two identical sides.  Each fence in this sculpture was sixty-feet long.  Starting at six-feet high, the top level of the fence remained horizontal while bottom was cut to fit the hill.  The result was a bridge that as one ascended the fence shortened allowing one to see the other sides of the fence.  At the center was a concrete table with a game of checkers in play; however, this checkers game has all grey game pieces making it difficult to know who is winning.  Lastly, while at the table, an audio can be heard from the fences playing the sound of a tennis match as the ball bounces back and forth over the net.