Saturday, 26 February 2011

HOPE

HOPE site specific installation at Warrior Square Station, St. Leonards.

Drawings - graphite on tracing paper, 50 plastic bags, metal eyelets and nylon twine

Inspired by the poem "Autobiography in Five Chapters" by Nyoshul Khenpo.

I walk down the street,
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I fall in
I am lost....I am hopeless
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out

I walk down the same street,
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk,
I pretend I don't see it,
I fall in again.
I can't believe I'm in the same place
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out

I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I see it is there,
I still fall in....it's a habit
My eyes are wide open
I know where I am
It is my fault,
I get out immediately.

I walk down the same street,
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk
I walk round it.

I walk down another street.

~


These photos show the installation in various degrees of entirety
With views both inside the waiting room and outside on the platform
There was a white wood circle on the floor underneath it with rose petals and the cut up text of the poem scattered on the circle.














This was incredibly well received by the people who used the station, seeing themselves in the work and loving it for that.
I was slightly late in taking it down and the railway took it down put it in a skip, which then left, leaving me with nothing except the photographs.
I asked if they would have thrown an oil painting away in the same manner and the man repeated over and over again -"I was just doing my job, I was just doing my job...."
It reminded me that in Buddhist ceremonies the mandala intricately made is then destroyed and the sand given to the people - it did seem like a useful lesson.

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