You are (on) an island.
installation dimensions variable
neon, scaffolding

A glowing blue neon statement transforms as the word "on" blinks rhythmically on and off. For the moments of time that this single word remains unilluminated, a new phrase with a different meaning emerges – “You are an island.” What was once an obvious, indisputable fact now becomes a poetic, existential statement reflecting in the water and illuminating a dark, cavernous space.

This was a site-specific installation for a flooded room in the WWII-era Battery Steele on Peaks Island, ME. It was made for the 15th annual Sacred and Profane arts festival, which occupies the abandoned army bunker for one weekend every October.

Made in collaboration with Alicia Eggert, with help from Patrick Bolduc of Beacon Neon, and Nick Riker, Tom Ryan, and Jeff Stockbridge.

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