wRonGsiDe, neon, steel, aluminum, 12' x 2' x 6" (each end)
As I started to investigate the Rio Grande building as a site for an artwork, I decided to engage the exterior of the building. The most noticeable aspect of the building is the large iconic Rio Grande sign structure that sits atop the roof. The sign is made exclusively for the east side. I was struck with the fact that the Rio Grande depot marks a border zone of sorts that divides the city and, by extension, the entire valley into two parts, east and west. This work highlights the unconsidered, spare skeleton face of the sign that presents itself to the west side. My installation, by parenthetically framing and highlighting the empty space of the back side of the sign, invites the viewer to consider what a sign for the wrong side of the tracks might say.