Our next assignment for this class is to do an "intervention" piece, something that causes the viewer to stop and think before proceeding past the work of art. The first thing that comes to mind to me is Richard Serra's piece Tilted Arc. This was a piece that caused people using the plaza where it was installed to alter their path across the plaza to accommodate the sculpture. So powerful was this daily interaction for the workers in the buildings around that plaza that they eventually sued to have the sculpture removed.
For my own piece I originally thought that I could make a smaller piece that would somehow arrest people's path through a particular area, forcing them to slowdown and take in the environment around them, rather than just rushing through to where they were going. After the events of this week, last night in Dallas in particular, I am thinking I might want to make a statement about race relations in this country. While I live in a very "white" town, where there are only a few black families, I feel that perhaps a greater expression of "racial" tension ( I hate that term. There's only one race, the human race) in my area would be the interaction between Caucasians and Hispanics in Denver. Sure, we love "Mexican" food, even if it's been very Americanized, but how often have you heard someone complain that the person working a McDonalds should really "just learn English!" Having been the on the other side of that coin, struggling to learn French in France while I was in high school, I have a lot more empathy for the person recently arrived from Mexico or South America who is struggling to figure out how things work in my home country. I think a little empathy towards the plight of others either born in a different country or who were born here, but are treated differently because of their skin color, could go a long way, but we can't change anything if we refuse to talk about it. Yes, black lives matter and that doesn't mean that the lives white, Hispanic, Asian or other groups don't. But how can we work to change things if we refuse to acknowledge that anything is wrong?