Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of RoadsideAmerica.com
October 26, 2010
It may be simplistic to describe two unrelated new, all-black, public outdoor artworks as creepy — but they are, and they’ve arrived just in time for Halloween. They are Non-Sign II and Geometric Death Frequency-141. The publicity pix of both look like outtakes from a nanomachine snack attack in some end-of-world sci-fi movie.
It’s meant to call attention to the superabundance of signs at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing at Blaine, Washington (near the Peace Arch). But early reports suggest that the artwork may actually be invisible — lost among all the real signs — and that all of the security and border traffic means that there’s no place to pull off and take a picture of it even if you could see it.
A digital photo of the courtyard was “deconstructed” by the artist into pixel-balls, then assembled by the robots into a sculpture of ink-black liquid frozen in mid-splash within an invisible 50 x 20-foot tank, placed within the original courtyard. The artist called its creation “a fascinating journey full of unforgettable emotions.”
Geometric Death will be up only until April 2011.
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